I'm really interested in making films/videos/etc from still images - think Chris Marker's La Jetée. I know a bit about photography but not very much about filmmaking. I've been fiddling around in iMovie for a small project, but I would really appreciate recommendations and advice regarding both technique and technology. [more inside]
Along in the late 1970s when I was in grammar school, we watched a film in class that had a catchy tune about "Mecology" -- the idea being that ecology is relevant to you and "me." What was this film? (Could it have had something to do with being on a spaceship, or is my memory playing tricks on me?) [more inside]
I get how a digital restoration of an older film might destroy aspects of a 35/70mm film's look (grain and sharpness in particular) but if a film has already gone through a digital intermediate process shouldn't the DCP look just like the source the director/colorists were working with? What is the benefit of printing back to 35mm and projecting that? Ignoring aberrations like scratches, flicker or cigarette burns is there a difference in color, sharpness, anything of that sort which would make projecting on film preferable?
My grandparents used to rent movies from an independent video store, that mostly carried Christian stuff. I've got a bee in my bonnet about one of these movies, because I can't remember what it was called. [more inside]
I'd like to start making amateur movies. I'd like the end result to look as professional as possible. Please help me gear up! [more inside]
I'm familiar with the influence of the French New Wave on American cinema (the New Hollywood being the primary example) and have seen where many of its members took their respective styles but I was hoping someone could help me understand the direction the whole of French cinema took in the decades following the Nouvelle Vague. Perhaps their radicalism shows in the following years, or maybe French cinema just fizzled, maybe the movement had a broader impact than it did here in the US-- looking for some sort of explanation along those lines.
I'm looking for the best resources (books preferred but other sources are welcome) on Iranian music and cinema from the 1940s leading up to the revolution. In other words, under the rule of Mohammad-Reza Shah. [more inside]
Is there a way to check to see when an American major production stopped being shown in theaters? The release dates are easy enough to find, but can the cut-off dates for theatrical release showings be researched? [more inside]
I watched the film A Simple Plan (1998, dir. Sam Raimi) last night and loved it. I enjoyed it because despite the best efforts of the characters, everything just spiraled out of control for them. Can you guys recommend other films where everything just goes out of control and gets worse and worse for the characters? [more inside]
It's a short film, Australian and involves lost property. (Spoilers inside). [more inside]
TL;DR: I'm trying to replace the mounts on slides from the late 60's with outside dimensions of 50mm x 50mm inner dimension of 30.8mm x 30.8mm. What is this format? [more inside]
Equipment and various sound / camera setups (wireless /wired , etc. . . ) [more inside]
I'm trying to get the title, and perhaps see (YouTube? - although I've searched), an old movie I used to show my elementary school classes in the mid-1970s. This is what I remember: black and white; 20-25 minutes long (not feature-length, I think); great photography; voice-over narration; Scandinavian of some sort; made in 1950s or 60s (possibly 40s); children's faces; forests, countryside; migrating birds (swans, storks, geese?); melancholy feeling. [more inside]
Let's say you're an inexperienced film director who has been granted 25K to spend on preparation for directing a short film. ("Preparation" in this case meaning, skills-acquisition, experimentation or any sources of inspiration.) Since you can't spend the money on actual production costs, what would you spend the money on? Several conditions apply, after the jump. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of archaeology of the present day, and/or of the ruins of the modern world, from the perspective of the future, as expressed in fiction or film. These could be major plot points, recurrent themes, or merely passing references. [more inside]
I'm thinking of a film in particular where some kid comes home and puts on mtv and rocks out, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. I'm in general searching for scenes in film where people are watching MTV, any help would be so super appreciated as I seem to be striking out alone.. [more inside]
Simple enough-- I live in NYC am interested in finding on set work and have only freelance stage-building work experience under my belt. I'd be happy to get some experience on student films, no pay seems to be the expectation for someone like me and that's fine-- I just have zero clue where to look! Any help would be super appreciated!
Can you name some films or stories where aliens become enraptured with humanity's creative arts (music, painting, poetry, etc.) and thereby see their redeeming value? Similar but not exact tropes include "Alien Arts are Appreciated" and "Klingons Love Shakespeare".
I’ve just watched about 7 Italian neorealist films from Criterion and I have a 2 part question. 1: Do you know of a really good list of film movements with examples? 2. After the neorealist, what movement should I dig in to new?
On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
In the latest episode of the Canon podcast, Devin Faraci said that They Live occupies "a liminal space between being a bad movie and an art movie." I realized that this succinctly characterizes a subset of art I tend to love, and I'd love to find as many examples of it as I can. What are some movies, books, TV shows, etc., that might fall into this middle-space between great and garbage? I'm thinking, I don't know, a lot of stuff by PKD, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, Shock Corridor, etc. Can't wait to dive into your recommendations!
It was either in French (most likely) or German (may have had English subtitles). It was about a poor kid having grown up to be a rich man, and the story was being told via flashbacks. The detail I remember is some scenes about him being invited to a rich kid's house for a dinner. He took homemade baklava as a gift, which was looked down upon. His family may have been Turkish immigrants to this European city. [more inside]
I teach the paradox of tragedy (e.g. why do people go to see films/plays they know to be sad if people normally dislike feeling sad?) but I find the grounding examples a bit suspicious. Please tell me a film that i) you definitely treasure and would be willing to watch again but which ii) has a definite sad/tragic ending? [more inside]
Curious to know if there exists a film in which two songs (ideally not score material) are essentially mixed as though they were selected by a DJ. One or both of the music sources can be visible on screen (band, radio, etc.), but stuff like a live band segue or DJ set doesn't really qualify as what I'm looking for. Or maybe this is super common, and I just never realized it?
I'm sorry in advance for the extremely sketchy details I remember...it might not have even been Italian, my memory is so hazy... [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a South Korean film made around late 90's/early aughts that centered on a police officer in the near future. The beginning of the film sees him arrive at a crime scene and stop to make a phone call. As soon as he activates his phone, an advertisement plays. He complains out loud to another cop about this and the other cop tells him if he's willing to pay for service for the entire police department, they can probably get rid of the ads. Any ideas?
I have been bugged for the last several months with trying to find a foreign romantic film which I watched on Netflix, possibly before the time of streaming. I only remember the vaguest of plot-lines. [more inside]
This is a two-pronged question about making documentaries with limited resources. 1) What methods should I use for finding, choosing, and honing in on documentary subject matter? and 2) How can I maximize the limited benefits of using an iPhone 6S Plus to make a low budget doc? (Note: I've read and own Shut Up and Shoot, but I'm seeking additional opinions and advice.) [more inside]
For a friend's birthday, we are looking for good recent (last 5 - 10 years) biographies or autobiographies. Books are best (and available as paper rather than ebooks), though if there is an excellent movie available as a dvd that would work also. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of films (not TV) where the primary character arc is that of a protagonist who is attempting to be perfectly good/strong/emotionally invincible, but needs to learn to forgive him/herself for having human failings/vulnerabilities. Put another way, movies about forgiving oneself for failing to live up to an impossible ideal of being "good" "strong" or "perfect." Any genre will do.
We are house-sitting this weekend at a place with a divinely large TV screen. We normally watch movies on a laptop. What movies would you recommend that are best consumed on a big home screen -- movies with lots of color, action, and style that will treat our eyeballs (as well as entertain our brains)?
Asking for my boyfriend: What is the name of the movie in which a ragtag bunch of people search for a buried treasure? These people are competing to find this treasure, driving recklessly, and attempting to stop the others from finding it. I think the treasure winds up being buried by palm trees, having to do with a certain geometric pattern (an "I" beam shape, or perhaps an "H"? I don't remember). The whole debacle winds up being a misunderstanding if I remember correctly, and the treasure is something priceless or worthless. Thanks!
These were printed schedules, I think four color, listing the monthly movie schedule for the Ogden Theater in Denver in the 80s. They were everywhere at the time, and are apparently nowhere now. But there must be some floating around somewhere, scanned or no, and I need them. It's, um, an emergency. Yeah, emergency! [more inside]
Is there a character in TV or film who's like a female version of Ice Cube? A Black woman who's high-status, sincere, brave, intense, witty, street-smart, Alpha, strong leader, comfortable with conflict, and powerful. In particular I'm hoping to find someone with a Southern California accent (Compton, Long Beach, etc). [more inside]
Hey Brilliants, I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of spring! I am researching a new project on secession and am looking for examples in literature, film, tv, etc. of stories that are about a US state or city trying to secede from the union. I'm somewhat aware of Texas' ability to secede but am wondering if anyone has written anything about what would happen if another state or city tried to secede. Thanks so much :) [more inside]
A good while back I watched a movie on Netflix about a man returning to his recently deceased mother's home to sort out her affairs despite her devotion to a strange angel cult having driven them apart many years ago. Meanwhile, his mother's ghost observes, fears for his safety, and hopes for reunion. What was the title? Spoiler for the ending after the jump. [more inside]
To settle a bet: can anyone determine, from any particular props, signage, etc., in what year the movie "Midnight Run" took place? We know it was released in 1988, but we want to know if the setting was contemporary. I say yes, it took place in the late eighties; my friend thinks it took place in the early eighties.
I have a vague memory of watching a movie on local TV Saturday afternoon (this would have been in the late 90s). Family hires a new babysitter, she turns out to be a witch & does witchy stuff. I remember she was blonde and there were lots of yellow & orange tones in the shots. I'm also pretty sure there was a shot of her levitating. I already have determined it is NOT the 1990 Friedkin film "The Guardian", though the witch did look similar. Any ideas?
It's film about an unsuccessful artist who gives up his art in despair and leaves town. When he returns many years later he discovers he's presumed dead, very famous, and his agent and the girlfriend who betrayed him are making a packet out of his prestigious reputation and their memories of him. [more inside]
I am seeking books and movies in which characters are slowly driven to complete exasperation in the face of relatively minor annoyances. Bonus if this exasperation is handled in a comedic (or blackly comedic) manner. [more inside]
Is it Fox's interior people? An outside ad agency? Several agencies? The posters and tv/internet spots have been consistently hilarious with a particular tone, so I'm really curious, but can't find any answers via Googling.
Short, silent film of a cranky old white man who orders at a food court (?), gets up to get something to drink, comes back to find a black kid sitting at his table across from his chair and eating his food. Old guy continues to eat his food, puts up with kid eating his food for awhile, kid looks at old guy strangely for awhile, then shrugs and gets up and leaves old guy to finish the food. Old guy then stands up and realizes his food is actually sitting on the table behind him; that he sat down at the black kids table. Or something like that.
I'm trying to identify a movie I saw on television when I was a kid. It's about a guy who doesn't want to win the lottery, but wins it anyway? [more inside]
I enjoy looking at grand architecture. What movies can I watch that contain lots of architecture porn? [more inside]
My wife and I really want to see The Hateful 8 in the 70mm "roadshow" version that opens on Christmas. Because of family obligations and traveling, we won't be able to see it until the first week of January. I haven't been able to confirm whether the 70mm roadshow version will still be playing once the film opens nationwide on January 1. I imagine this information must be readily available and easily findable, just not by me apparently.
Looking for Documentaries or Articles with deliberate ambiguity but where the implications are grave. [more inside]
Tarkovsky's "The Mirror" is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. There don't seem to be any well-liked versions available in the U.S. on DVD or Blue-Ray. Where can I find a version that has good subtitles, is framed correctly and has good color? Does this even exist?
I would like to see Mockingjay Part 2 today. The nearby theater is playing it in standard format. A slightly farther-away theater is playing it in XD with Auro sound for twice the price. I have never been to farther-away theater, and a few online reviews of the theater say that the Auro sound system isn't great. I am concerned that the surround-sound may make it seem like the audio is not matching the video, which is a pet peeve, something I've noticed with in-home older surround-sound systems, and something that makes it impossible for me to concentrate on a film, but I have no idea if that's a valid concern. Is it a valid concern? Is XD worth twice as much as standard format? (I don't really understand what "XD" is -- is it just high-definition? -- so feel free to explain that to me, too.) [more inside]
I vaguely remember a film from the 60s or 70s, probably French or Italian, composed of several loosely-connected vignettes surrounding the lives of children. It had a very Le Ballon Rouge feel to it, I think. One scene in particular stands out: a young child, or perhaps siblings, are stuck in an apartment one day; people from other surrounding apartments see him/them and together assemble a basket of food, eventually lowering it to them through a window. I know it's not much to go on. Anyone have an idea?
I picked up a reel of film at an estate sale the other day. It is only labeled "Hoot Gibson Show #36." [more inside]