Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Movie News

"The Social Network" Making of Documentary on IMDB
You can watch the entire 90-minute Making-of documentary for The Social Network at IMDB for free.
IMDBThe Social Network Behind The Scenes Documentary: Part One - Commencement

Interview with Wally Pfister
Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister talked to DP/30 about his career, how he got his start in movies, shooting IMAX and large formats, being a film holdout, the film making process, and the surprising lack of CG pieces in Inception.
YouTubeDP/30: Inception, cinematographer Wally Pfister

Visual Effects

"Black Swan" FX Reel
A short clip shows how digital effects were used in the movie.
SlashfilmWatch a Demo Reel of Effects From Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’

Magic Bullet and "The Fighter"
Red Giant Software talks to Josh Comen (visual effects producer) and Tim Carras (visual effects supervisor) at Comen VFX about how they used Magic Bullet Frames to de-interlace 60i footage to 24p for the movie The Fighter.
RedGiantMagic Bullet and “The Fighter”


Scriptwriting Tips
Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He provides 10 tips for filmmakers:
5. Being seduced by dialogue
No one can fix a script by rewriting dialogue. Dialogue is the glitter on the surface of a story. Delve deep into the story and assess the storyline weaknesses and focus on reforming these essential elements before moving on to a dialogue rewrite.
Raindance.UK: Things Filmmakers Should Know About Screenwriting But Usually Don't

More Scriptwriting Tips
Joss Whedon, creator/writer/director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the TV series Firefly, and who worked as a script doctor on movies including Speed and Toy Story, also has a list of tips. Danny Stack reprints them in his blog:
Actually finishing it is what I’m gonna put in as step one. You may laugh at this, but it’s true. I have so many friends who have written two-thirds of a screenplay, and then re-written it for about three years.
dannystack.blogspotJoss Whedon's Top 10 Writing Tips

Watching Movies

Watching Movies on your Computer
I guess it's been around for a while, but I only just encountered Crackle, a website that let's you watch movies and television programs on your computer...for free. Movies include Dr. Strangelove, Fail Safe, Philadelphia and Ghostbusters II. Limited selection, resolution - for the movie I tried - was only 480p and 360p, and there are ads inserted in the movie, but it's free!

Watching Movies on your iPhone
David Lynch doesn't think you should be watching movies on your iPhone because you don't get the entire experience. But he says it a little more colorfully.
YouTubeDavid Lynch on iPhone [Rated R for language]

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