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This Is Not a Drill. Martin Scorsese is Teaching a MasterClass on Filmmaking

By V Renée

One of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese, wants to teach you filmmaking.

If you could pick any living filmmaking legend to teach you the art of making films, who would you pick? If you said Martin Scorsese, your dream is about to come true. The human cinematic encyclopedia himself is the latest high-profile filmmaker to join the ranks of MasterClass instructors, which includes director Werner Herzog, composer Hans Zimmer, screenwriters Shonda Rhimes, David Mamet, and Aaron Sorkin, as well as actors Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman, and Kevin Spacey.

Check out the promo for Scorsese’s MasterClass to get a taste of what you’re in for.

If you’re unfamiliar with MasterClass, it’s an online platform that gives users the chance to learn from some of the most renowned experts in a given field, whether it’s cooking, music production, or chess, through a series of videos (2-5+ hours), class workbook, and interactive assignments.

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From:: No Film School

Angelina Jolie, Aaron Sorkin, Gael Garcia Bernal and Mary Harron Talk at TIFF

By Tiffany Pritchard

The Toronto Film Festival closed out its 42nd year with another impressive round of masterclasses and “TIFF talks.” On the industry side, while not as heavily programmed as other festivals, there was an engaging round of panels that tackled on-topic discussions such as diversity and alternative distribution. “In Conversation With” Typical to other years, a robust line-up of filmmakers and writers made up the festival’s one-to-one talks, with Aaron Sorkin’s candid conversation being one of my highlights. He openly discussed his ten year-dependence on drugs, of which Carrie Fisher sent him a letter assuring him he could write even better […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

3 Lessons We Learned From Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class at TIFF

By Justin Morrow

If Sorkin hadn’t been broke, alone and stuck in an apartment with no entertainment besides a typewriter, we may never have experienced some of the greatest scenes of stage and screen.

Aaron Sorkin’s track record on TV and in the movies speaks for itself, and so when he joined Kerri Craddock, TIFF’s Director of Programming, for an hour-long master class about his long career, there was a full house in Toronto. Here are three of the most interesting and useful points he shared.

1. Do away with unnecessary stuff

Before A Few Good Men was a movie, it was a Sorkin’s first play. The rights were acquired quickly, and he was brought on to adapt the work into a screenplay, though, as he recounted, “I’d never written a screenplay, I’d never read a screenplay.” Though he loved movies, he was ignorant of screenplays and so, “I went to…a book shop and I found a screenplay formatting book…after about three days, I threw it out the window because I was thinking, this just can’t be right.”

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From:: No Film School

The 10 Best Jessica Chastain Movie Performances

By Justin Gunterman

Over a short period of time, Jessica Chastain went from a relative nobody to one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why. Few actresses have the natural talent of Chastain. Not everybody can step into a role and completely transform. Not everyone can do what she does so effortlessly.

This year, she’ll be appearing in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. Assuming Sorkin can direct as well as he writes, we may have an Oscar contender on our hands. If the film itself falls short, it’s still hard to imagine Jessica Chastain phoning in her performance. Even in the worst movies, she has a tendency to keep things watchable. Listen, we’re not saying that Texas Killing Fields is a grand slam. We are implying that it would have been worse off without this particular actress’s extraordinary talent.

Below are ten of her greatest performances. This doesn’t mean her greatest overall films will be featured. We’re looking only at individual performances. Some of the movies listed below aren’t even that great, but they still feature top notch performances from this two-time Oscar nominee. Jessica Chastain doesn’t have any “bad performances” but she has a few worth some extra attention.

10. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Her (2013)

We’ll go ahead and count all three versions of the film as one in order to avoid any complication. The various incarnations of the movie are all flawed in their own special way, but the performances ultimately save them from mediocrity.

If there’s one reason to see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, it’s the brilliant combination of Chastain and McAvoy. The collection of films about a messy marriage is often held back by cliches, but → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema