Mastering the Movie Color Palette: Denis Villeneuve

O ver the course of nine feature films, Denis Villeneuve has shown himself to be one of contemporary cinema’s leading filmmakers. Known for his intense dramas, Villeneuve often allows his environments to act as extensions of his characters. Much of this is accomplished through color choice. Here’s how Denis Villeneuve uses color theory to enhance… Continue reading Mastering the Movie Color Palette: Denis Villeneuve

French New Wave Films: A Curated List and Their Iconic Directors

The French New Wave of cinema, or La Nouvelle Vague, was one of the most important film movements of all time. In this article, we’re going to rank the best French New Wave Films based on four criteria: Acting, Story, Directing and Style. But before we jump into the ranking, it’s important to know what… Continue reading French New Wave Films: A Curated List and Their Iconic Directors

How to Create Unforgettable Film Moments with Music

Music is an unsung hero of film. It can evoke emotions without words, create a unique aesthetic and style, and connect an audience to a film. In this post, we’ll explore the various ways you can use music to create meaning and utterly, unforgettable film moments. Continue reading How to Create Unforgettable Film Moments with… Continue reading How to Create Unforgettable Film Moments with Music

How These Oscar Winning Films Use Doors To Tell Better Stories

As you may have experienced, securing the perfect film location isn’t always easy, and it’s rarely affordable. However, great filmmaking is not just about location, it’s also about how you set the scene. The impact a setting can have on the scene it supports is monumental. Let’s take a look at how Oscar winning films… Continue reading How These Oscar Winning Films Use Doors To Tell Better Stories

What is Deductive Reasoning? Definition and Examples

If you’ve ever read a detective story before, you’ve probably heard the term “deductive reasoning,” but what is deductive reasoning and what makes it different from inductive reasoning? We’re going to answer those questions by looking at some deductive reasoning examples from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Sherlock. By the end, you’ll know… Continue reading What is Deductive Reasoning? Definition and Examples

Mastering the Movie Color Palette: How David Fincher Uses Color in Film

One could point to any number of impressive techniques used in David Fincher movies, but perhaps one of the most important is his movie color palette. As he himself once said, “In film, we sculpt time, we sculpt behavior and we sculpt light.”  That last one is what we’re focusing on today.Here are some of the… Continue reading Mastering the Movie Color Palette: How David Fincher Uses Color in Film

What is Dystopian Fiction? Definition and Characteristics

From movies to novels to video games, dystopian fiction is consistently one of the hottest genres in entertainment. But given its broad scope and variety of forms, the dystopian genre can sometimes be hard to categorize. What are the characteristics of dystopian fiction? And how can we account for its enduring popularity?  This article will… Continue reading What is Dystopian Fiction? Definition and Characteristics

Rules of Composition: How to Show Deeper Meaning in a Single Frame

Telling a story isn’t enough. You have to grab your audience by the eyeballs. Whether you’re a seasoned director or just learning what framing in film is, the way we see things is just as important as the things themselves. In his video essay on Drive, Tony Zhou uncovers 4 simple rules of composition that… Continue reading Rules of Composition: How to Show Deeper Meaning in a Single Frame

What Happened to Every Frame a Painting? — A Eulogy

In April 2014, a YouTube channel named Every Frame a Painting was created and it changed the course of film criticism forever. Over the course of three years, Every Frame a Painting founders Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou released 28 video essays addressing everything in film from the style of Akira Kurosawa to the editing… Continue reading What Happened to Every Frame a Painting? — A Eulogy

Directing Styles: How Mr. Robot Uses Unique Framing To Build Drama

You’ve got a fresh story–original characters, unique plots, a daring setting. But without a distinct directing style, your film can feel as boring as Manchester by the Sea. How you frame a scene can give your script new meaning or skyrocket you to one of the great auteur directors.Continue reading Directing Styles: How Mr. Robot… Continue reading Directing Styles: How Mr. Robot Uses Unique Framing To Build Drama

Directing Actors: What Filmmakers Can Learn About Comedy from Gene Wilder

When the world lost Gene Wilder, it lost far more than Willy Wonka. It lost one of the last great comedic actors that could sing, act, and dance with Frankenstein’s monster. Looking back at his career, we’ll cover 5 lessons filmmakers can learn about comedy from Gene Wilder when directing actors.Continue reading Directing Actors: What Filmmakers… Continue reading Directing Actors: What Filmmakers Can Learn About Comedy from Gene Wilder

6 Ways To Turn Movie Props Into Iconic Symbols

Thor’s hammer. A volleyball named Wilson. One ring to rule them all. What do each of these things have in common? You’re probably thinking that they’re all movie props, and that’s true, but that’s not what makes them distinguished. When used properly (no pun intended), props become synonymous with the stories they tell. So, filmmakers,… Continue reading 6 Ways To Turn Movie Props Into Iconic Symbols

24 Best Pixar Shorts That You Need to Watch

Pixar shorts inspire imagination. They win awards. They deliver the goods. We’ve watched and compiled the best 21 Pixar short films right here, from the first Pixar movie to the most recent. They’re sure to entertain, trigger creativity, and — for filmmakers — spark short film ideas of your own. Storytellers, take heed: there’s a… Continue reading 24 Best Pixar Shorts That You Need to Watch

What is Comedy? Defining it Through Technique and Subjectivity

Being a comedy writer isn’t easy. Even if you’re a director, knowing what’s funny and what’s not, isn’t always easy. Comedy is mostly subjective, but if you’re trying to write, direct, or even act in a comedy, there are some techniques that might help. So what is comedy? We’ll give our comedy definition, examples of… Continue reading What is Comedy? Defining it Through Technique and Subjectivity

What is Italian Neorealism in Film? Defining the Style

The impact of Italian Neorealism in film cannot be overstated. The works of Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and other major Neorealist directors are undeniable when it comes to the influence they have had on cinema throughout the world. They also had an immense effect on a young boy growing up in Queens named Martin Scorsese. We’re… Continue reading What is Italian Neorealism in Film? Defining the Style

How To Create Striking First and Final Frames in Your Film

A beginning, middle, and end are the bare bones that support the structure of any story. In his video essay First and Final Frames, Jacob T. Swinney compiles a stunning side-by-side comparison of opening and closing shots from many famous films. This is a unique experience to be sure. In this post we’re going to… Continue reading How To Create Striking First and Final Frames in Your Film