Alejandro G. Inarritu's concept of shooting "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" as if it were a single, continuous camera take was not exactly met with encouragement by his peers. The…
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"Inglourious Basterds" editor Sally Menke has a hard time explaining the "rhythm" she's developed with Quentin Tarantino. "It's just there," she states simply.
Twenty years after its debut, Photoshop is an indispensable tool for digital photography, publishing and even movie vfx. But few in the biz realize its origins go back to the day a young…
Although "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" represents Claudio Miranda's first gig as d.p. on a David Fincher-directed feature, Miranda had a great deal of experience inside Fincher's digital…
Like "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" two years back, Tom Stern shot two Oscar-contending features for Clint Eastwood a few months apart using the same basic production methodology…
"Marty gave me a couple movies to look at from the late 1940s, particularly 'T-Men' (1947) and 'Raw Deal' (1948), both shot by (film noir cinematographer) John Alton. They were a nice guideline for…
"Since we built a set out of a real airplane on a gimbal, throwing people around as it moved, and had actors essentially role-playing the whole thing to illustrate how people must have reacted in…
"In my mind, the two movies are twins -- the same story reflected," says Stern. "We wanted some continuity between the two. In that sense, I viewed it as just one long film. With my history of doing…
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