Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the screenwriters and sound designers created the sounds of A Quiet Place. The writers became creative with the screenplay, while the sound designers avoided extended silence, and used sound to mimic the flow of tension.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.
“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.
Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.
(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.
(PG-13) “Waaaake Up!” It’s set in Brooklyn, the scenes and language are vibrant and colorful, there’s a shot where the characters glide, oh and Spike Lee’s in it. But there’s more to Lee’s films than that. So what else is in a Spike Lee joint? ScreenPrism breaks it down.
In most movies, the protagonist changes either for better or for worse. But it doesn’t mean that a character who hasn’t “learned his lesson” or “evolved” will be boring. Just Write shows how a staunch believer can still be an interesting and inspiring character.
The makeup of Heath Ledger’s Joker may seem easy to imitate. But during The Dark Knight‘s production, makeup artist John Caglione Jr found himself at a loss. Caglione spoke with CineFix about the iconic makeup and Chris Nolan and Heath Ledger’s contributions.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at two Mission: Impossible movies to show how they’re well laid out heist films. A large part of the movies lead up to a tense heist. Even though we know that the heroes are going to succeed, we’re still excited by it.
Better Call Saul returns on August 6, 2018. And while we’re excited for new stories, and more Breaking Bad connections, we’ll miss one of the show’s most compelling characters, Chuck McGill. ScreenPrism looks back on Chuck’s story arc, and what it tells us about Jimmy.
The Dark Lord of the Sith sits atop many lists of greatest on-screen villains of all time. But how did he achieve such status? The Nerdwriter explores Vader’s appearances in the original Star Wars trilogy, and how they would have such an enormous impact.
Movies often make villains straight-up evil, or have a thinly-explained motives. Lessons from the Screnplay explores how Black Panther’s baddie Eric Killmonger’s motivations are much more relatable than most, creating a well-rounded and compelling character.
“Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration I’ve decided not to endorse your park.” Lessons from the Screenplay uses the original Jurassic Park as an example of how a movie’s theme can be used to flesh out characters – to become an embodiment of important questions.
The Royal Ocean Film Society gathered snippets from animation experts that point out the importance of walking in cartoons. We can learn a lot about a character – even a live one – by their walk, and changing even one element of it can drastically change the character.