On Color: Its Role in Cinema and Filmmaking

How much do we know about color? Typically it’s what we learned in school: primary and secondary colors, complementary colors, warm and cool tones, etc. But in photography and video, color can do much more than that. We can add an emotional layer to a scene, story, or picture through colors. I’ve always liked the […]

Basic Camera Techniques for Photo-to-Video Shooters

Film, like many other visual arts, is a two-dimensional medium that attempts to trick the viewer into perceiving a three-dimensional space. Decisions like where to put the camera, which lenses to use, and even the aperture used to increase or decrease the depth of field will all have a significant effect on how the viewers perceive a character’s behavior. […]

The Five C’s of Cinematography

There are many great books on filmmaking. From those interviewing legendary directors about their craft to the ones sharing DIY tips and tricks all the way to the books covering complex technical aspects like grading or movement. I’ll write about my favorite books in a later post, but today I’d like to mention one particular […]

#TBT: Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-1980)

In fall 1977, Cindy Sherman began making pictures that would eventually become her groundbreaking “Untitled Film Stills.” Over three years, the series (presented here in its entirety) grew to comprise a total of seventy black-and-white photographs. Taken as a whole, the “Untitled Film Stills”—resembling publicity pictures made on movie sets—read like an encyclopedic roster of […]

Make Your Movie: Regardless

As filmmakers we are, by default, ingrained with a sense of passion for the work we do. Both on-set and off, we push ourselves harder than the average working stiff. It is this passion, I believe, which sets us apart from the rest of society. Bump into a fellow filmmaker at an unassuming location and […]

Hitchcock Thriller Used to Measure Consciousness

Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was astonishingly similar […]

Highlights & Top Film Picks From TIFF 2014

TIFF is well under way with lots of celebrity press coverage, insightful panel discussions and, of course,  amazing talent. One of the top highlights I’ve seen in these initial few days is this first installment of their “Talent to Watch” series with Mattieu Denis (Corbo), Andrea Dorffman (Heartbeat), Jeffrey St. Jules (Bang Bang Baby), Jacob Tierney (Preggoland): New Directions For […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From 2 Prominent Directors

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club, Se7en. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver. The above list of great films came from two very talented and well-respected directors of our time: David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Now, here’s a chance to learn from these amazing filmmakers.   […]

#TBT: City of God (Meirelles/2002)

City of God is Brazil’s most critically acclaimed film of recent years. Based on the book of the same name by writer Paulo Lins, which in-turn was based on a true story, City of God (Cidade de Deus) is a violent, fast-paced movie that tells the tale of the residents of this Brazilian favela (slum). […]

Is Passion First the Next Step in Crowdfunding?

We’re all familiar with Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Some of us have even used Slated, but Richard Guay, longtime indie producer, wants to change the way we fund films online.  Passion First is “a portal for crowdfunders to truly become investors”.  The idea is simple:  instead of simply donating to a film or project of your choice […]