Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Best Dialogue of All Time

A good conversation might be the most efficient way to tell a story. This week, we're looking at the best flirting, bickering, threatening and subtext-filled bantering. These are our picks for the best dialogue of all time.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Anatomy of a Gag

David Cairns takes a close look at the carefully calibrated minimalism of Hal Ashby’s masterful satire.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

The First Day Of The Blitz

Archive footage and first-hand accounts provide an insight into the terror London faced on September 7, 1940 when the Nazis began the first of many attacks from the air.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mark Gatiss On Screenwriting

The Sherlock creator and writer on the mystique of screenwriting, researching period pieces and making comedy work with drama.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Pencil Trick Scene in 'The Dark Knight'

This is a comprehensive analysis of camera angles and movement of the "Pencil Trick" scene from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Chess in Movies

Chess is everywhere in movies, and it can mean a lot more than you may think. Let's take a look at chess and see what this ancient game holds for us in cinema.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

How to Create a Great Twist Ending

Want to learn the formula to creating a great twist ending for your movie? Then this is that video.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Barry White on Making Love

"When a man is making love, the last thing he thinks about is war." ~Barry White


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Camera Angles and Movement

This is a comprehensive analysis of the "Sanchez's apartment scene' from Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, his second great masterpiece after Citizen Kane. The scene is a 12-minute one-take shot that was designed to be invisible. How did Welles pull that off?


Friday, 17 March 2017

Errol Flynn - Mysteries & Scandals

This was supposed to be an episode of Mysteries & Scandals, the story of Errol Flynn, but the video is no longer available. Try this documentary instead.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

'I Have A Dream'

Take a look at how Martin Luther King Jr. wrote 'I Have A Dream,' one view of the creation of a great monologue.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tony Scott: An Artist of Pure Cinema

This is a primer on the work of Tony Scott by Rosssatron.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

David Niven

James David Graham Niven (1st March 1910 - 29th July 1983) was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958).


Monday, 13 March 2017

Louis Armstrong on His Chops

Even if we had two, three days off I still had to blow that horn a few hours to keep up the chops. ~Louis Armstrong


Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Paper Tigers

One of my favourite independent filmmakers, Tran Quoc Bao, is getting ready to shoot a feature called The Paper Tigers, and he needs your help. With money. Of course, with money. He provides the brains and the sweat, and graciously leaves room for the rest of us to play a part in the struggle to find a toehold in the filmmaking universe.

The film
When their old Kung Fu master dies under mysterious circumstances, three estranged friends, despite being terribly out of shape and washed-up as fighters, must reawaken their abilities in order to find the killer and restore their master’s honor.



How to contribute
The project is receiving fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas. Click here to go to the donation page.

The Challenger
I know I've run this short film before, but it's worth watching again now, given that it is both a prequel to this new movie and a showcase for Bao's skills as a filmmaker. 



Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Three Rules of Living Animation

A look at the fundamentals of hybridizing animation with live action film.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart, the one and only.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Dead Bodies

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Playful Cinema

In the realm of underrated filmmakers, Brad Bird stands out as a director whose work has been and continues to be some of the most joyful. This is an analysis of his playful, theme-park-attraction, stuff-your-face-with-popcorn, blockbuster style.


Friday, 3 March 2017