[Video]: The Ken Burns Effect

‘All story is manipulation. ‘ What gives a great story the power to move us? Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Vietnam, Jack Johnson, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) provides some key insights into how the skilful use of emotionally charged storytelling can bring alive historic events at 24 frames per second. If you liked this, … Read more

Suspense, Surprise And Mystery In The Bourne Identity

It seems that the Gilroys can’t do much wrong in Hollywood. Both Dan and Tony have a riveting and diverse list of credits to their name. They’ve also written enough box office green to keep them going for quite a little while. Tony wrote The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, and Michael Clayton, which he also directed. … Read more

[Video]: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle Interview

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‘I knew what the first image of the movie would be, and I knew what the last image of the movie would be – they were the bookend images…’ How does one write an Oscar-winning film in just two goes? Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s (The Last Exorcism Part II, The Grand Piano) Academy Award winning film … Read more

Welles’ Touch of Evil: He Was Some Kind Of Man

After Touch Of Evil‘s European premiere at the World Expo ’58, Les Cahiers du Cinema labeled Orson Welles’ film noir an ‘instant classic’. For years, it has been my favourite piece of pure cinema. [box size=”large” style=”rounded”]We’re going to spoil a thing or two. Like the ending.[/box] My appreciation for Touch Of Evil has certainly nothing to … Read more

[Video]: Joss Whedon on Filmmaking (Pt 1)

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‘I think of myself as terribly cynical, and very depressed. And that leads to a lot of very romantic writing. Inevitably the two are very intertwined.’ Legendary writer director Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, The Avengers, Firefly Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog) enjoys mainstream success and a legion of cult-like followers, as well as equally passionate cadre … Read more