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Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

(PG-13) With films like A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining to his credit, Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors to ever walk the earth. TheGaroStudios celebrates Kubrick’s mastery of visual and auditory storytelling through a montage of iconic scenes and monologues.

Aspect Ratio: The Changing Shape of Cinema

Aspect Ratio: The Changing Shape of Cinema

For years, 35mm film was the dominant format for big-screen moviemaking. The first movies had a boxy shape but eventually expanded to wider formats. Team 2 Films looks at the history of film shapes, how various aspect ratios have come in and out of favor, and how they affect movie composition.

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Movie VFX That Weren’t CGI

Movie VFX That Weren’t CGI

(Gore) So much of what we see in today’s action, science fiction, horror, and fantasy films is done with computer graphics. But WhatCulture points out 10 recent movie illusions that were created in-camera with practical effects and stunt work. We can’t believe they launched real appliances at the cars in F9.

Why Opening Title Sequences Matter

Why Opening Title Sequences Matter

Opening title sequences are still common on TV dramas but have fallen out of favor in the cinema. Filmmaker Patrick (H) Willems looks back fondly at the craft of masters like Saul Bass and Maurice Binder and argues that they need to make a comeback on the big screen.

What Frame Rate Should You Shoot Video With?

What Frame Rate Should You Shoot Video With?

With the launch of cameras like the GoPro HERO10 Black, it’s now easier than ever to shoot footage at high frame rates. While there’s a time and a place for the tech – like slow-mo or sports – filmmaker Mark Bone explains why our eyes gravitate to the more cinematic look of lower frame rates like 23.98 or 29.97 fps.

Silent Movie Props

Silent Movie Props

Some everyday items can make unwanted noises while filming movies and TV shows. Editors can fix some things in post-production, but it’s preferable to capture clean audio on set. Insider explains how prop artists create versions of objects like ice cubes, pool balls, and paper bags to reduce amount of noise they make.

Joe Dante’s Battle with Hollywood

Joe Dante’s Battle with Hollywood

Joe Dante is the moviemaker behind 1980s classics like Innerspace, Gremlins, and The Howling. As Dante delved deeper into the Hollywood system, the battle for creative control escalated. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores the filmmaker’s tumultuous relationship with the studios. Also, go watch Gremlins 2 right now.

Footsteps

Footsteps

This short documentary takes us inside of Footsteps Studio, a unique post-production studio in the countryside of Ontario, Canada, where a group of talented foley artists spends their days creating sound effects for movies, TV, and video games. We love how every room in the house has been wired for recording sound.

Making Cameras Disappear

Making Cameras Disappear

There are lots of movie scenes that incorporate mirrors or other reflective surfaces, yet we can’t see the camera or the crew in them. Just how does this movie magic work? Film essayist Paul E.T. digs into some of the tricks that filmmakers use to keep equipment and people hidden from shots.

Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

(PG-13: Gore) From greenscreen to miniatures to CGI, there are lots of different ways to produce visual effects. Filmmaker and essayist David F. Sandberg reminds us how simple edits can be one of the most effective ways to create illusions on screen and to integrate disparate elements to create a cohesive effect.

The Three Color Rule

The Three Color Rule

It may seem like a subtle artistic choice at first, but some of the best movie scenes take advantage of a principle known as the “Three Color Rule.” Film essayist wolfcrow explains how this simple color theory can help to set a mood and create focus, and how you can apply it in your cinematic projects.

On the Importance of Editors

On the Importance of Editors

Directors and writers seem to get most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking. But there are many other critical players required to create a quality movie, not the least of whom are film editors. Now You See It celebrates the work of Dede Allen and other influential women editors.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

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The Kubrick Close-Up

The Kubrick Close-Up

(PG-13) Film essayist The Discarded Image explores one of director Stanley Kubrick’s many techniques – the strategic use of tight shots to accentuate a character or story’s most pivotal moments. While most directors use close-ups, Kubrick was a true master of this primitive filmmaker’s tool.

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

A demonstration video of one of the most impressive pieces of pro filmmaking gear ever made. Chapman Leonard’s Hydroscope crane can smoothly extend up to 73 feet, works underwater, and can stabilize shots with even the heaviest of camera gear attached.

Joel & Ethan Coen: A Tribute

Joel & Ethan Coen: A Tribute

(PG-13) Editor Alexandre Gasulla reminds us that Joel & Ethan Coen are still two of our favorite filmmakers, with this captivating supercut of emotionally powerful, tragic, darkly comic, and visually stunning scenes from the Oscar-winning brothers.

Creative Spark: Robert Yeoman

Creative Spark: Robert Yeoman

Cinematographer Robert Yeoman is the longtime partner of directors Wes Anderson and Paul Feig. He spoke with the Oscars about how he starts working on a film, where he gets inspiration, and the nervousness he feels with each new project.

What is a Production Assistant?

What is a Production Assistant?

Colin West McDonald was a Production Assistant (PA) at RocketJump. Here he talks to us about what PAs do with the help of behind-the-scenes footage. PAs are the maids and butlers of the film world, but it’s a great way to learn more about the industry.

VFX 101

VFX 101

RocketJump Film School director Clinton Jones defines the core processes that fall under visual effects, including compositing, tracking, 3D modeling, and the dreaded rotoscoping. The video’s description has links to tutorials for each VFX process.

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