FilmGrab: A Homage to Great Cinematography

FilmGrab has possibly the best repertoire of cinematic screenshots available on the internet. The blog has been going for a long time now, meaning that the collection of beautiful cinematography has grown from a great way to waste time into a significant study into what cinematography means a film’s outcome. Anybody interested in framing, lighting, mise en scène and the analysis of visual storytelling can … Continue reading FilmGrab: A Homage to Great Cinematography

Implied, not endured – A study of neorealism from Sight & Sound

Here is a fantastic video made for Sight & Sound magazine, exploring neorealism. I think this video is worth sharing as it is visually informative, whilst also being entertaining to see two different edits of the same rushes. If you find this video interesting, it’s worth watching Kogonada’s other videos. Enjoy! Continue reading Implied, not endured – A study of neorealism from Sight & Sound

Her: A companion piece to Lost in Translation

It’s been over ten years since Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation was released, but has Spike Jonze finally responded to his ex-wife’s masterpiece? Although Her has it’s unique, Jonzian style, it thematically still shares a bed with Lost in Translation, as both liberally discuss the complicated beauty of human relationships. Think back to Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation – her second feature length script. They … Continue reading Her: A companion piece to Lost in Translation

Steven Soderbergh’s Psycho

Today Steven Soderbergh, the man behind the lens of films such as Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and Behind the Candelabra, released a new version of Hitchcock’s Psycho, editing it alongside the 1998 shot-for-shot remake from Gus Van Sant. The remake seemed like a needless addition to the film’s legacy at the time, but Soderbergh’s concept to then recut the two films together, gives the concept … Continue reading Steven Soderbergh’s Psycho

The Academy Awards: A Shotgun Oscars Prediction

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips) Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita N’yongo Best Animated Feature: Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) Best Cinematography: Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki) Best Costume Design: American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson) Best Directing: Alfonso Cuaron … Continue reading The Academy Awards: A Shotgun Oscars Prediction

Awards Season Special: The struggle for Momentum

Although there are members of the filmmaking community that like to make it known they couldn’t care less about awards season, statistics speak for themselves when proving that a big win can be a huge financial enhancement, as well as a considerable rise in recognition from the general public. According to BusinessInsider.com (Source:IBISWorld), the best picture winners overs the past five years had an average production … Continue reading Awards Season Special: The struggle for Momentum