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Steven Spielberg: Setting The Table

Quite a few video essays draw attention to Steven Spielberg’s varied tropes – his “oners” (I hate that term), track in shots, framing of characters through foreground objects, his use of light, and so on. Now here’s one focusing on a less sexy, but pretty common set-up – characters around the dining table. As essayist […]

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Sharks Don’t Die: The Making of Jaws 3D

Just when you thought it was safe to look at this website, just when you thought you could swim with dolphins and throw grenades around like there’s no tomorrow, we interrupt that feeling of safety and security to bring you an important message. Jaws 3D did happen and there is a behind the scenes documentary […]

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Scene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The Mine chase – Please keep your hands in the car at all times I’m not one for bemoaning the advance of CG effects over practical models and glass matte shots: if an effect is done well, that’s all I care about. However (!) there is something thrilling about the ingenuity behind old school methods; […]

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Scene Is Believing: Jurassic park

The T-Rex Comes Out To Play With Jaws in 1975, Steven Spielberg was plagued by problems from his leading man, or should I say, shark. So much so that Bruce (named after his lawyer Bruce Ramer) was kept under water much of the time, his approaching menace signalled by a fin, that music, and the […]

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The Making Of Raiders of The Lost Ark: 1981 PBS Special

Our friend Jamie Benning has already culled footage from this 1981 PBS TV special on the making of Raiders Of The Lost Ark for his excellent  Filmumentary , but here is a chance to watch the entire vintage show, courtesy of LoSceicco1976 . Among the gems in here you’ll see Paul Freeman as Belloq undergo a full head […]

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Inside Jaws , A Filmumentary By Jamie Benning

Well, this is a pleasant surprise! Jamie Benning, the creator of unique filmumentaries Star Wars Begins, Building Empire, Returning To Jedi and Raiding The Lost Ark, is ahead of schedule and so impatient to share the goodies, he has released his latest fan documentary, Inside Jaws,  a week early. Jamie is a busy guy these […]

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Unsung Heroes: Karen Ballard, On-Set Photographer

Below we have reproduced a 2006 article from The Digital Journalist by Karen Ballard, a photojournalist who first got into on-set photography on Steven Spielberg’s Munich. It’s a fascinating insight into this underappreciated role. Photographing “Munich” by Karen Ballard My first trip to a movie set was in 1975. I was six years old and my […]

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Unsung Heroes: Stan Winston’s Jurassic Park Creature Effect Workshop

Even after nineteen years, many people think that the dinosaurs of the Jurassic Park films are solely CGI creations, ushering in a new dawn and signalling the death knell of old school movie effects magic.  They are wrong, of course. If anything, it is the outstanding animatronic creature performances of practical effects and make-up genius […]

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Indiana Jones 4 And Echoes Of The Past

“It’s like poetry, it rhymes” – Creator George Lucas, not content with his Star Wars Ring Cycle, also got Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg in on the act, casting back to earlier films in the series with many shots and set-ups in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.  Roll VT…

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Scene Is Believing: Jaws

  The Indianapolis speech There’s an old truism that goes “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” That doesn’t necessarily mean a screenplay arrives at day one, take one, fully formed, immaculate. Many hands seemingly made light work of the Jaws script: novelist Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb (the main man), director Steven Spielberg, […]

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