Bookends

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This is a fascinating, open-ended study on first and final frames. Unlike many explorations it doesn’t suggest a pattern. Rather, it lets you draw your conclusions. In my case, I’m amazed how my mind can timewarp through the emotions of an entire film in milliseconds. And, of course, how I consider the corresponding shots in my work.

Boulder Filmmaking

The thing with Spielberg is the preparation. And what I’m (slowly) learning is that you don’t necessarily have to be fast, just thorough. While Raiders was positioned as an homage, the technique behind it has made it a masterclass in and of itself. It’s not just the thought and planning behind this iconic scene that is notable, but Spielberg’s employment of top notch crew to bring his vision to life. Oh, and you’ll never guess what the sound of the boulder was…

Entitled to Best Picture

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This year I saw all of the Best Picture nominees. These motion sequences did a great job of capturing the character of each. Well executed and compelling (Take note American ‘Rubber Baby’ Sniper).

Hey Girl, I Dig ALL of Your Quadrants

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It’s amazing when a simple filmmaking technique is used so effectively a storytelling framework. And hot.

iPhone 6+ NYE Slo-Mo Test Shoot

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I offhandedly decided to shoot our NYE shenanigans on my new GIANT iPhone 6+ to test its slow motion capabilities. I have to say, I’m impressed. And even that, like everything, turns out to be way better at 240fps

“Hack into the Mainframe”

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Is there a better way of depicting texting and the Internet on screen? You tell me…

Log On

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Besides being irresistible bad-pun material, loglines are a subject close to my heart. Boiling down an entire script to one sentence is an art in and of itself. As a former (thank God) agency creative director/copywriter, you think I’d be half decent at it. Or maybe it’s why I’m not. In either case, I’m going to use this post to workshop the logline for my current project:

A heartbroken cameraman gets a job on a dating travel show whose host goes rogue hunting down a lost love.

Meh, right? Or maybe it’s meh-raculous!? Let’s find out… Continue reading

One Shot Bird

Birdman is probably the most original and compelling film I’ve seen this year. A large part of it was how the construct provided a unique platform for character development. Another was how the cinematography leveraged a confined setting to provide a dynamic theatrical experience. I had my theories as to how they filmed it on “one shot”, and was mostly right. However, it’s still fascinating to understand the method behind the madness.

Connect the Dots

I’ve written several scripts that have an easter egg or two. You know, some sly Star Wars reference or a secret meaning you never fully reveal? Taking it one step further, my current project is a re-imagining of Moby Dick set in the world of reality TV (you read right).

However, it’s mind-boggling to even comprehend the theory that every Pixar film is part of one meta story. Even more potentially brilliant is that it’s a bold treatise on humanity, technology and nature. Granted, given the universal themes of Pixar flicks, you could reverse-engineer or sorts of relationships this grandiose. Or could you?

Dustin Lance Black’s Creative Process

An informative look at Dustin Lance Black’s (“Milk,” “J. Edgar”) comprehensive screenwriting process. It’s interesting how he evolves his ideas, especially utilizing cards to develop story elements. Though I’m sure the physical nature of his system is important, I feel Trello, which I use to manage filmmaking projects, would be a great fit for his methodology.

Moving Movie Posters

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With endless ways to innovate in film, I find it fascinating when simple techniques yield dramatic results. Like these GIF movie posters, which elegantly capture the character of the movies themselves. Granted, I have the cinematic experience to flashback to. But if you had never seen any of these films, wouldn’t your interest be piqued?

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It’s a Small World: Custom Spherical Panorama

Photographer Jonas Ginter tried for two years to make a 360 panoramic camera. Then he solved the problem with a “camera ball” 3-D printed 6 GoPro rig (of course). It seems like visual storytelling possibilities are expanding every day with cheap a/v tech and custom manufacturing tools. Or at least we’ll be seeing a lot more trippy sh*t!

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Still Images and Moving Pictures

???????????????In 1945, Stanley Kubrick became the youngest staff photographer in the history of Look magazine. He was 17. After discovering this (and questioning my life’s path), I was struck by how his early work was so…Kubrick. It’s impossible not to see the roots of his distinct cinematic style. From the immaculate composition to the mastery of light. As both a filmmaker and photographer, I’ve viewed them as distinct practices. While there are some connections between my output in both forms, it’s nowhere near as coherent as it could be. The Look Magazine shots below make a strong case for evolving a consistent style for visual storytelling. And being a once-in-a-lifetime genius.

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Peep Show Writers Comedy Masterclass

A few years back a girl I ‘knew’ wanted me to watch Peep Show…with her. I hadn’t really been into a British sitcom for a fortnight, but she had decent taste in film. That, and I feared the repercussions of not watching it…with her. And so I was introduced to one of the most spectacularly awkward and funniest shows I’ve ever seen.

Back in the day, Peter and I semi-optioned a sitcom pilot (don’t ask). But maybe if we’d had sage advice like Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong in this video, we would now be celebrating our 100th episode.