Time Traveling in Movies: A Very Complicated Plot Device Explained

By V Renée

If you’ve ever wanted to make a film about time travel, you might want to brush up on how different filmmakers have made sense of it in their work.

Time travel movies are—awesome—we know this—but what makes them so interesting has less to do with the awesomeness of time travel as a narrative concept and more to do with the awesomeness of time travel as a plot device. (Did I mention that time travel is awesome and also has loads of awesomeness?)

There are so many films about time travel, from the silly (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) to the dramatic (Looper), and each one deals with the concept in different ways and for different purposes. In this video, Henry Reich of MinutePhysics, my second favorite science channel on YouTube, analyzes time travel in film and literature to determine how it functions in the hands of different writers and filmmakers. On its own, it’s an incredibly fascinating video, but if you look at it through the lens of storytelling, you can learn how adding a wrinkle in time can not only open up new narrative passageways for your time traveling characters but for your audience as well.

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From:: No Film School

The 10 Best Actors Who’ve Never Won an Oscar

By Allan Khumalo

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There are a lot of factors that play into being a great artist. Talent is the most obvious one, but without practice and determination, all the talent in the world amounts to nothing. What’s less obvious is choosing the right material to showcase your talent. The greatest artists in the world are only as good as the projects they work on.

The same is true when it comes to acting; while some actors will take whatever they’re given, some actors actively seek out roles that are both challenging and gratifying. There are many sad cases of great actors who never get to reach their fullest potential because they don’t get the right roles.

If anything, the acting categories of the Oscars are the most competitive and hardest to get nominated in, let alone win. Every year there’s plethora of great performances that sadly never make the cut. Unfortunately, getting a great performance recognized goes hand in hand with the type of film it comes from.

Even an amazing performance from an “Oscar type” of film may find itself left out in the rain if the film in question is not good enough or in line with the tastes or politics of the Academy.

This could explain why some of the best actors working today have yet to take home the trophy for any of their many amazing performances.

10. Ewan McGregor

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Ewan McGregor is perhaps the most underrated actor on this list (why did you turn down James Bond, Ewan, why!?). McGregor is a damn fine actor with the versatility to boot. The only thing that has perhaps hindered his career are some bad choices in some subpar films. Yet, his career thus far is nothing to be ashamed of. The mere → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The Cinematography of Denis Villeneuve Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Justin Gunterman

Denis Villeneuve’s filmography is as diverse as it is impressive. From black-and-white indie movies to grand-scale sci-fi sequels, Villeneuve has had no trouble showing his diversity throughout the years. Though his movies span different genres and feature various types of budgets, one thing remains consistent; they’re all gorgeous. This isn’t strictly in regards to visual effects. Obviously, it would be fairly easy to rank Villeneuve’s movies based on visual effects. It’s slightly more challenging to compare the movies in regards to their overall cinematography.

Villeneuve has worked with several solid cinematographers throughout the years, and the typical end-product of each collaboration tends to be undeniably impressive. In some ways, they’re impressive simply because they look terrific. In other ways, the cinematography is impressive because it brings out other elements within each film. Below, each film will be ranked in terms of the strength of the cinematography. Each film is aesthetically pleasing, but some outshine others.

9. August 32nd on Earth

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Villeneuve’s directorial debut is about as attractive as a low budget directorial debut can be, but it’s a far cry from some of the other films on this list. Cinematographer André Turpin has stated that he prefers to focus on the bigger picture rather than “image of the film,” and that seems to be the case in all three of his collaborations with Villeneuve. The way he approaches cinematography is naturalistic and human. In the grand scheme of things, that often works to his benefit. Movies like August 32nd on Earth don’t need to be technical masterpieces to tell great stories.

The cinematography in Villeneuve’s debut does what it needs to do in order to tell a compelling story. The pieces fit perfectly together even if they’re not necessarily extravagant. Still, the fact of the matter → continue…

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What Is Sequence Shooting and How Can It Help You Be a Better Storyteller?

By V Renée

When you set out to shoot, how do you know what kinds of shots to capture?

No matter what you’re shooting, be it a documentary, a feature, or even just some b-roll, that all-important question will be jumping around in your head constantly: “What should I shoot?” Granted, the answer is going to be different depending on the project you’re working on, but if you focus less on the specific shots and more on the general type of shots, you might be able to make sense of an otherwise chaotic and confusing filmmaking experience.

In this video, Teppo Haapoja goes over a foundational filmmaking concept that will help you to not only plan and organize your day of shooting easier but to also ensure that you’re getting all of the shots you need for your edit.

Though Haapoja calls this essential technique “sequence shooting,” many other filmmakers know it as “coverage.” It’s the practice of capturing a scene from different distances to ensure that you have, at least, a wide (also called a “master shot”), medium, and close-up. This ensures that when it comes time to edit footage, the editor has plenty of shot sizes to work with.

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How to Get the ‘Film Look’ Regardless of What Camera You Use

By V Renée

Whether you’re shooting on an ARRI Alexa or a Canon T3i, you can achieve the “film look” by putting these cinematic techniques to work.

We’re all going for the film look, but if you aren’t capturing their images on a powerful cinema camera like the ARRI Alexa or RED Weapon, you might think that this is a level of quality you’ll never be able to achieve. That’s simply not true. Though cameras do play a role in making an image look “cinematic,” there are so many other factors that play an even bigger one, and Jonny Von Wallström of Creative North talks about some of them in the video below.

When it comes to creating a cinematic image, there are several important elements that will dictate (more than your camera will) the look of your images: color, composition, camera movement, and lighting.

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Y’allywood Babylon: The 20th Savannah Film Festival’s Docs to Watch Roundtable

By Lauren Wissot

This year’s 20th anniversary edition of the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Savannah Film Festival, which lays claim to being the largest university-run film fest in the world, continued its two-decades-long tradition of mixing Hollywood wattage with downhome southern hospitality. Once again the fest honored an eclectic mix of celebrity guests of all ages (elder statesmen and women included Richard Gere, Sir Patrick Stewart, Aaron Sorkin, Salma Hayek Pinault, Holly Hunter, and Kyra Sedgwick, while the “youngsters” featured the likes of John Boyega, Zoey Deutch, Robert Pattinson, Andrea Riseborough, and Willow Shields). The festival also played host to […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Another Mention of a Canon Non-L Telephoto Zoom [CR2]

By Canon Rumors News about the long rumored supertelephoto zoom from Canon has gone quiet over the last 6 months or so, but we’re now being told the lens is coming in 2018, though the exact time of the announcement is currently unknown. Though the source did say it would not be coming for CES or CP+ in … → continue…

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Review: Canon EOS M100 by DPReview

By Canon Rumors DPReview has completed their review of Canon’s entry level mirrorless camera. From DPReview: As we’ve said in our shooting experience, the EOS M100 is just a fun camera to use. Even for seasoned photographers, it’s a freeing experience being able to use the M100 in full auto, have great image quality from the large APS-C … → continue…

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And Then There Were Five? Disney Looking to Acquire Most of 21st Century Fox

By Christopher Boone

Disney has been in talks to acquire 21st Century Fox’s movie studio, TV production, entertainment networks, and international assets.

Today, CNBC reported that 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Company. No deal has been finalized and sources say the two companies have taken a break from talks, but a back-and-forth negotiation has been in the works over the past several weeks.

21st Century Fox is reported to want to streamline its holdings to focus on news and sports because it believes it cannot achieve the scale necessary to compete in the global entertainment marketplace. As such, the talks with Disney have included the potential sale of Fox’s movie studio, television production, international assets including Star and Sky, and entertainment networks including FX and National Geographic Channel. The sale would not include the Fox broadcast network since Disney would not be able to own two major U.S. broadcast networks simultaneously, nor would it include any Fox Sports channels, Fox News, Fox Business or any of Fox’s local affiliate stations.

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Nikon will shut down all sales operations in Brazil at the end of 2017

Just last week, we learned that Nikon was shutting down operations in China, including closing a factory responsible for producing some of the company’s compact cameras and DSLR lenses. But if you thought that was going to be the only closure in the Nikon portfolio this month, think again.

Announced earlier today, Nikon has decided to cease all e-commerce operations in Brazil, where the company ONLY sells its wares via e-commerce. Translation: Nikon will no longer sell cameras, lenses or accessories in the country. Brazilians’ only option will be gray market gear.

The news was announced in a press release that is linked prominently at the top of the Nikon Brazil website. It reads (Google translated and edited for clarity):

As of December 31st, 2017, Nikon do Brasil Ltda. will end the sale of cameras, lenses and photographic accessories in the Brazilian market, currently marketed exclusively through its e-commerce arm, the Nikon Store. The company’s other business segments, including customer service and technical assistance, will continue to operate normally.

The change is part of ‘global scale restructuring’ of the company’s R&D, Sales and Manufacturing, and at least appears to be the first step in pulling out of Brazil entirely. For now, products under warranty and those purchased through the Nikon Brazil Store before December 31st will continue to have access to warranty services and customer service.

Owners of out-of-warranty gear will receive service “where possible” and “based on costs approved by the owners.”

Press Release

Nikon do Brasil Ltda. announces the closure of e-commerce in Brazil

Nikon Corporation is optimizing R & D, Sales and Manufacturing structures in a global scale restructuring.

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From:: DPreview

“No One Knew I Was There”: Ana Asensio on Most Beautiful Island

By Erik Luers

It takes a herculean effort to produce a first film that’s accepted to festivals and showered with praise (and prizes – SXSW handed it the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Award this past March), but first-time director Ana Asensio pulled it off in her debut Most Beautiful Island, a grounded-in-reality genre film following a Spanish immigrant who moves to New York City to start a new life. Emotionally distraught over the death of her child, Luciana (played by Asensio) works dead-end jobs—in one scene, dressing up as a chicken to promote a local poultry joint—trying to make ends meet and keep […] → continue…

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IFH 194: The Art and Craft of Writing a Comedy w/ Peter Desberg & Jeffrey Davis – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

The Art and Craft of Writing a Comedy w/ Peter Desberg & Jeffrey Davis If you ever wanted to know some of the secrets of how to write a comedy then today’s guest might be able to help. Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis are the authors of , a new book that provides an intimate…

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Video: Shooting with a $63,000 100MP monochrome medium format camera

Ted Forbes—photographer and inspirational educator behind The Art of Photography—recently got a chance to try out the Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic digital back, and man did it ever leave an impression. In his short video overview above, he dives into the images he captured with this bayer filter-free, monochromatic medium format beast, explaining why he feels this camera is a true ‘gamechanger.’

If that word triggers your gag reflex, you’re not alone, but Forbes isn’t one to throw hyperbole around and he gives good reason (and plenty of examples) for why he believes this digital back is something special. Pay particular attention to what Forbes is able to do using filters and the sensor’s ability to pick up light outside of the visible spectrum.

Check out the full video above to see the camera in action and dive into some sample images, but don’t forget to watch it at the highest possible resolution YouTube and your monitor can handle. You’ll need every available pixel at your disposal.

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From:: DPreview

Paul Thomas Anderson Is Not the DP of ‘Phantom Thread’. No One Is.

By Christopher Boone

This is one phantom thread we were not expecting.

Earlier this year, news emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson was unable to collaborate with his longtime cinematographer Robert Elswit on Anderson’s latest project due to scheduling conflicts, and as a result, the writer/director would be assuming the role of DP on Phantom Thread. But now, according to Anderson, that’s simply not the case.

Phantom Thread has no cinematographer.

“I know how to point the camera in a good direction, and I know a few things. But I’m not a director of photography.”

Anderson clarified the situation in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:

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From:: No Film School

Emerging Cinematographer Awards: Keep Your Eye on These Up-and-Coming Shooters

By Lauretta Prevost

The Emerging Cinematography Awards gives exposure to the most talented DPs on the rise.

Each year, the I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 camera union honors up-and-coming image-makers at the Emerging Cinematography Awards. The event was initiated in 1996 as a showcase for budding cinematographers to display their craft, allowing the union to support and help advance the careers of members who are not yet listed as DPs on the union roster. Since then, 1,000 short films shot by union members have been considered for recognition by a panel of judges comprised of ICG members from across the country.

“Becoming a director of photography is a process that never ends.”

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From:: No Film School