The use of sound in film is often times just as important – if not more so – than the visuals you see. Film essayist Nerdwriter1 explores how director Steven Spielberg and Sound Editor Ben Burtt effectively use audio to build tension, tell stories, and set a mood in the theater.
The Royal Ocean Film Society spends some time looking at the works of Richard Williams, one of the last of his breed of hand animators – a man known for his fluid and dynamic style, and ability to create worlds with a tremendous sense of depth and perspective.
Say what you will about it, but The Room’s enigmatic creator Tommy Wiseau had the brass balls to wear the hats of writer, director, producer, and actor on the film. Film essayist Kyle Kallgren provides his take on Wiseau’s narcissism and control over the film.
The Mother Box. The Ark of the Covenant. R2-D2. These are examples of a MacGuffin – something that the characters in a movie worry about but for which the audience doesn’t care, at least not at first. Just Write outlines five ways that it can be used to good effect.
(PG-13: Language) The Royal Ocean Film Society credits the success of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight to director Richard Linklater’s willingness to have a conversation with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on how best to flesh out the characters.
“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” After explaining the meanings of the lightsaber, ScreenPrism continues its Star Wars symbolism series by enumerating the core tenets of the Force. Or at least its Light side. Empty your mind and be one with the Force.
New York Magazine looks at how trailers have changed over the years, starting out with basic explanations of the film’s plot, to booming voiceovers, to the over-the-top montages of today, along with some of the tricks today’s trailer makers use to minimize spoilers.
Video cameras move in six basic ways: pan, tilt, roll, push (or pull), track and crane. They can be combined, performed at different speeds, and cut into each other. But each one is rich enough on its own. CineFix presents its picks for the best use of each basic movement.
(PG-13: Language) No Small Parts finally returns with another comprehensive look at a character actor’s career. This episode is about Keith David. Equally prolific as a live action actor and as a voice talent, Keith’s cool and authoritative voice has been his most defining asset.
“But oh, to be free… to be my own master.” ScreenPrism argues that Aladdin has a nice message about freedom. The heroes each have different kinds of freedom. In the end, they learn that to maximize their own freedom, they should help others be more free as well.
Spike Jonze’s Her is one of those films with so many layers and details that it warrants numerous viewings. Film essayist Michael Thomas explores one such aspect – the way in which music directly reflects Theodore’s state of mind and emotions in the film.
Now You See It argues that awful movies entertain us beyond their obliviousness. He points out that the elements found in the Sharknados and The Rooms of the world – unrealistic acting, cheesy dialogue, outdated effects – are also used in good films.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Alien. The Silence of the Lambs. The Shining. Psycho. CineFix believes that those five are unassailable horror films. But they picked an alternative for each of those classics, so you’ll have something different to watch this Halloween.