Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson’s acclaimed personal documentary, has enjoyed a full festival run since its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film incorporates Johnson’s cinematography over the past 25 years, including her work on award-winning films such as Fahrenheit… Read more
Earth, wind, air, fire: this supercut from Movies in 5 Minutes examines Terrence Malick’s use of the four elements.
In this video from Aperture’s Four Minute Film School (above), DP Julia Swain shares techniques and tips of effectively lighting a round table scene with four actors using only a 3-light kit with a bounce card, soft box, and china ball.
“I have a lot of trolls and a lot of imposters. I’m on Facebook, but it’s not me. I’m on Twitter, but it’s not me,” says Werner Herzog in a recent installment of VICE Talks Films (above). Herzog is doing… Read more
In Wolfcrow’s new video essay, 19 great directors have their choice of focal lengths and lenses broken down, starting with Orson Welles’ use of 25mm for Citizen Kane and 18mm for Touch of Evil.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s excellent video for Radiohead’s “Daydreaming” gets broken down in this video essay by Rishi Kaneria. While his analysis involves some questionable number crunching — and specifically the number 23, which calls to mind all kinds of conspiracy theories — it’s also a solid analysis of the easter eggs in the video that tell the story of the dissolution of Thom Yorke’s longterm relationship.
A Filmmaker cover in Winter 2014 for one of our favorite and underrated films of the last few years, Enemy, Denis Villeneuve has become that rare powerhouse director who inflects a cinematically exciting signature style across diverse material. Currently shooting the sequel to Blade Runner, the director follows up his moody drug-war drama Sicario with a science-fiction tale of alien visitation. Most excitingly for us at Filmmaker, this most visually compelling of directors has hooked up with one of our favorite DPs, Bradford Young, who appeared on our 25 New Faces list back in 2009. For now, check out the […]
Front windshield, over the shoulder, rearview mirror: in this video, DP Julia Swain breaks down the six basic shots used to film car scenes, complete with suggested aperture settings and the best lenses to use.
When movies go wordless, what are they trying to say? This video essay by Filmscalpel’s David Verdeure examines wordless scenes from 15 films, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and North by Northwest. For the full list and accompanying essay, click here.
David Lynch’s earliest short film is in fact a home movie, and he’d prefer it be labeled as such: a record of the artist Bushnell Keeler (an important figure for Lynch) sailing. The young director is briefly visible throughout.