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Screenwriter Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd discuss Back To The Future

On January 25 2013, at the University Of California Television, screenwriter Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, sat down after a screening of Back To The Future for an in depth discussion on the making of the film. Thanks to Mentorless , here are some of Bob Gale’s highlights from that evening. 1 – […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather

A popular image used to publicise The Godfather on its initial release features Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a scene, just one of several, that didn’t even make the final cut. Francis Ford Coppola’s initial cut of The Godfather ran to over four hours. Before shooting The Godfather Pt II he was tickled by the […]

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The Elstree Project: An Oral History Of Movie Magic

Elstree Studios just outside London – close your eyes and the list of iconic films made on those sound stages raises goosebumps. From Star Wars to Superman, Indiana Jones to The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more recently, The King’s Speech to Kick Ass. Not to mention classic television shows and more current fare, […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

  Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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A Robot Tribute – Our A”droid”able Friends

“Balldroid” from the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer has fast become a fan favourite, already inspiring several Twitter accounts, fan posters, and 3D print instructions to create your very own. So we thought we’d share this video tribute to robots, both cute and menacing, from science fiction TV shows and movies through the […]

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The Great unmade? Gladiator 2: A Life Lived To The Maximus

  Ridley Scott’s rejuvenation of the toga / swords and sandals epics of yore with Gladiator had everything – epic scale, brilliant battles, fully realised worlds, political backstabbing, madness, grief and vengeance. Russell Crowe fully convinced as the General betrayed and sold into slavery, doomed to fight for the plebs amusement, and determined to revenge […]

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Christopher Nolan Explains The Structure And Story Of Memento

This piece contains spoilers Christopher Nolan has said himself that the simplest explanation of Memento for audiences is that it is a noire-esque tale, told by its protagonist in reverse. Although he prefers a different structural concept. “If you draw out the time-line, it is indeed a hairpin. If you order the material chronologically, the […]

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The VFX of Mad Max: Fury Road

Much praise has been heaped on Mad Max: Fury Road for its in-camera stunts, fantastic editing and breathtaking narrative on the hoof. But to enable that kinetic feel, a lot of VFX work still went on. Of the 2000+ shots in the film, a surprising 2000 of those comprised some amount of VFX , be […]

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Star Wars, “From A Certain Point Of View”

For years we’ve been led to believe the rebellion, or the “Alliance to restore the Republic” are some kind of heroes. But what if the Galactic Empire are the good guys, battling an insidious threat, orchestrated by a “crazy old wizard,” the last remaining shareholder of  J.E.D.I? Have we been fed a lie, “from a […]

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Road to Nowhere: Spies Like Us

Austin Millbarge: They do seem to be headed in that general direction. Maybe your dick’s not so dumb. Emmett Fitz-Hume: It got me through high school. At the time of John Belushi‘s death in March 1982, Dan Aykroyd was putting the finishing touches to a couple of scripts that would be vehicles for their comedy […]

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