A montage of interviews from over the years with director John Cassavetes illustrating his philosophy about art, film, and working in Hollywood. This is good stuff.
From SXSW 20-18 - 12 mins in…
Tell a story only you can tell.
Persistence is 9/10 of the game.
Work with family.
Do your homework.
Adapt to reality by turning your limitations into advantages.
Don’t be afraid of your actors.
Where is my audience?
Commit to the vision
Let your child go
Give a shit.
Creativity that satisfies and reaffirms your world view is entertainment.
Creativity that challenges and disrupts your world view is art.
Go be artists.
17 minutes of pure genius from the man. With jokes. Funny ones.
Almost 400 US TV shows were/are linked as part of the ending of St Elsewhere and it’s various cross-over characters, all through the mind of one Tommy Westphall. Nerd out!
A comparison between the filmmaking techniques used in the Swedish and American versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Scenecraft.
After The Events in “Alien”, James Cameron Made It Clear That Ellen Ripley Refused to Be Part of Another Mission
Great article reposted from Medium.com, looking Into Why It Is So Important For The Story of “Aliens” That Ripley Refuses To Go On Another Adventure To Hunt For Aliens.
Click the pic: or here: ARTICLE LINK
This is how you do a festival trip 'making of' film...by Jim Cummings & the Thunder Road team, who won Sundance Best Short in 2016 - it gets weird. Enjoy...
The man..."One of modern cinema’s most celebrated writers, Kaufman’s work includes surreal fantasy Being John Malkovich, cerebral sci-fi Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and comedy drama Adaptation. In this lecture held at BAFTA on 30 September 2011, he discusses the techniques of writing for the big screen."
Feeling a bit down in the dumps about your 'many projects in various stages of development'? Well don't, just spend 15 minutes with Kevin as he outlines the way to circumnavigate the front door, and how the fake listings ad that inspired Tusk got him back into filmmaking...you may not be a fan of his output, but his thought process is something we all could use a little more of...(you can skip his early life and start 4mins in if you like)
Phill Tippett worked on Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Robocop, Starshop Troopers & Jurassic Park. And he took acid on Jedi...boomshanka.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer shares notes and extracts from early drafts as he breaks down how he adapted Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life." Click on the pic below:
Interview credit: www.talkhouse.com
David Lynch on Mulholland Drive (2001)Terrible interview which inadvertently creates a brilliant masterclass in Lynch's method by asking him questions like "What is the theme of this film?", pushing Lynch into explaining why he doesn't verbalise the theme of a film after completing it, and why no one should do so etc. It goes on..."What is the most important statement you wanted to make with this movie?" Genius... (from the 2001 Japanese DVD release extras)
"Warner Bros has won an auction for the right to create a feature out of Sundays, a dazzling 14-minute short film by first-time feature director Mischa Rozema that had at least three studios vying for it after it went viral on Monday. Sony Pictures and Fox also chased it. Sundays becomes the latest in a growing trend where emerging filmmakers are dazzling the studios with short films that offer proof of concept and demonstrate an ability to create worlds and tone. Rozema and his cohorts from Amsterdam-based PostPanic used Kickstarter to raise the $50,000 it cost to create the short that evokes films like Inception and The Matrix for its dreamy tone and mind bending visual displays." Deadline
At NDH we are massive Every Frame a Painting fans, but here's a pretty nice breakdown of information reveals (stages, page numbers, POV's) from a newish channel Lessons From The Screenplay (LFTS). They've done maybe 12 videos on aspects of films like what makes a strong antagonist via The Dark Knight. Check them out on YT here.
An interesting (and rather sweet) interview from DP:30 with Brit Marling (co-writer/star) and Zal Batmanglij (co-writer/director) as they discuss the writing and making of The Sound of My Voice from 2012. Good on the separation of roles, how they work together as co-writers, audience expectations from lower budget films and how they are marketed. This teams went on to make The East and current Netflix hit The OA.
Follow DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood on their YT channel here.
Nice video piece here in the style of Tony Zhou/Every Frame a Painting about empathising with anti-heroes, the issue of likeability vs empathy, and why we can continue watching characters we may not like - they key being understanding why they act that way, through the filter of their desire.
Using a mixture of rod marionette puppets and animation, London-based director Simon Cartwright’s darkly comic short tells the story of Glen, a man who attends a Primal Scream therapy class that causes him to release something deep within that knows no limits.
Director: Simon Cartwright
Producer: Kamilla Hodol
Format: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Zeiss Superspeeds & Panavision Frazier Lens
A wild, dark, punk-rock comedy following mild mannered Glen who unleashes the beast in a wild night of debauchery. The film is an incredibly unique work from graduation NFTS animation director Simon Cartwright ('Astronomer's Sun) performed by marionette puppet's.
NOMINATED - BAFTA Film Awards 2016 - BEST SHORT ANIMATION!!
AFI Film Festival Special Jury Award for Creative Vision
Leeds Film Festival - World Animation Award
Manchester Animation Festival - Audience Award
Encounters Film Festival - Special Mention
MOET BIFA Awards 2015 - Best Short
In Competition Cannes 2015 - Cinefondation
Sundance Film Festival 2016
Telluride Film Festival 2015
AFI Film Festival 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015
Edinburgh Film Festival 2015
London Short Film Festival 2016
Encounters Film Festival 2015
..... & many more