Monday, January 30, 2012

Ron Cobb Interview: Designing 'Conan The Barbarian'

This is a great interview with production designer Ron Cobb. He talks about the production challenges behind the making of Conan. The audio sync is off but it's a worth a listen.

More info here:

// Ron Cobb via Muddy Colors blog

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (2007)

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed is a documentary about the impact the original 1977 Star Wars film has had upon society and filmmaking, with a focus on the place of the series in the continuum of cultural mythology. via wikia

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DSLR Cinematography Guide (PDF)

This is a pretty good reference guide for general terminology on DSLR's. You can download the PDF for free.

'This guide assumes some basic knowledge of moving images, such as exposure, shutter speed, focal length, and frame rate. It focuses on the technical challenges unique to DSLR cinematography — it won’t teach you how to light scenes, stage camera movements, or cook a full English breakfast. It will, however, give you a huge jump start in figuring out how to make beautiful, inexpensive movies using a DSLR.'

// The DSLR Cinematography Guide via nofilmschool

Monday, January 23, 2012

Robert McKee on 'Story'

Here are some interviews with screen writer, lecturer, and author of 'Story' - Robert Mckee. For those of you unfamiliar with McKee you can check out is book here:

// STORY by Robert McKee via amazon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Side by Side Official Trailer (2012)

Looking forward to seeing this. Some of the top Hollywood 'big wigs' weigh in on the transition from film to digital.  


'The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. We show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital--where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.'

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dennis Lowe's 'Alien Makers'

Long time special effects / visual effects artist and supervisor Dennis Lowe has an amazing website that showcases dozens of his professional and personal projects. His 'Alien Makers' series has been around for while now and is a real treat for those of you who haven't seen them yet. Also be sure to check out the extensive gallery of images from the making of 'Alien'.

// Alien Image Gallery 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6




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Interview with cinematographer Michael Chapman

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Trip to Mars (1910)

Produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company in 1910 'A Trip To Mars' is one of the earliest American scifi films. It's short and worth a watch or at least a scrub through. The martian is particularity interesting.

Synopsis: After inventing an anti-gravity powder, a man uses it on himself to propel himself to Mars.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers, cast and crew. 

Revealing The Godfather

Short documentary on the restoration of the original print of 'The Godfather'.