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Outer Visions: Leo Goldsmith and Gregory Zinman on Serving as Ad Astra‘s Experimental Film Consultants

Brad Pitt in Ad Astra

It’s a rare thing for scholars to be asked to serve as advisors on studio films of any size, no matter the topic. (Hell, we’re usually not even asked to authenticate representations of academia itself.) So, it came as a…  Read more

By Sep 4, 2019

Your Film is Too Long: 11 Tips on How To Get Your Film to Its Correct Runtime


I know, it’s maddening. People watch 10-hour series that take five hours to get good, but your 101-minute comedy is too long. Michael Bay makes three-hour Transformers movies, but your 95-minute drama is too long. Critics love seven hours of…  Read more

By Dec 17, 2018

Disclosed: Producers and Therapists on Dealing with the Stress of a Demanding Profession

Image: Shayla Hayward Lundy

There’s a simple definition of producing that mostly has to do with developing and financing a production, overseeing the shoot, protecting a vision. But scratch a little deeper, and producers will open up with more personal responses. Producing is about…  Read more

By Dec 17, 2018

A New Kind of Magic

The exterior of the Magi pod (Photo courtesy of Douglas Trumbull)

You might not recognize the name Douglas Trumbull, but you will certainly recognize his work. He is the man behind the special effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and also the…  Read more

By Jun 16, 2017

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