What is the most recent piece of instrumental music from a film score that the general public could immediately identify upon hearing, and why is it the theme from Jurassic Park? (many) Details inside! [more inside]
Can I view an English language version of Ant-Man at a theatre in Tokyo this week? Japanese subtitles not a problem of course.
I've started shooting photos with film. What are the differences between the kinds of film? [more inside]
I've read that the art of film making was developed with white skin in mind. Are there articles or books that describe this bias in more detail? I remember reading somewhere that The Wire, having to film many scenes featuring only black people, developed techniques to film black skin more effectively. Is that true? Thank you.
I like shooting 120 film, but due to the cost of processing and printing, I have about a dozen rolls that have been hanging around waiting for development. Is there a way for me to easily cut down the cost? [more inside]
I loved The Dissolve as a film site with good, smart writers who wrote thoughtful reviews and features without all the linkbaity cruft found almost everywhere else. I enjoyed their upper-middlebrow approach in that they could speak intelligently about both art and mainstream films. Is there anything else out there like The Dissolve that I could seek out as a substitute? [more inside]
Trying to find this very stylish black and white comedy movie with an American morals task force in postwar France. [more inside]
Where can I find excellent movie discussion, analysis, reviews, dissection, etc by women? I feel like I have a stable of great film-related youtubers, writers, and podcasters that I enjoy, but they are largely male -- I'd love to discover more current work from women in this area. Thank you!
I'm working on a documentary project where much of the dialogue is in Bengali and we plan to subtitle it in English. We have transcripts of everything but the editing process is still challenging: we don't know exactly how to cut the clips we need so that the dialogue still makes sense in the native language (respecting grammatical structure, etc.) Is there a standard way this is done? [more inside]
Sometimes you don't get paid at the beginning, is that okay? [more inside]
I'm applying for jobs right now and some ask for experience in light bookkeeping. Hoping some of you with experience can shed some light on what they really mean? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a current list of film production/directing MFA programs, and maybe forums with former student reviews of them? I have the book "Film School Confidential," which is great, but it is 9 years out of date. I'm interested in both US and international programs. Thanks! [more inside]
Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
Looking for as much information/anecdotes as possible [more inside]
I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
So I know about Bill Plympton, Don Hertzfeldt, Nina Paley, and Phil Nibbelink, but are there any other people who have animated an entire feature length film all by themselves?
When it comes to film and media production, be it the technical or the creative aspects of the industry, what are some of the jargon and words that are used by the professionals in the field? I am trying to compile a list of the common as well as the unique vocabulary for these specific domains. Absolutely anything, no matter how trivial you think it is, is welcome.
Hey Brilliant Minds! Happy Monday :) I'm wondering if you might point me in the direction of any films, books, tv, plays, etc. that utilize a classic hero's journey structure (Joseph Campbell) from a feminist perspective and/or have a female protagonist. Thanks so much!
What's the film that the clip at 36/37s in this ILM show-reel is from? (Guy in front of army throws sword into the ground and it sets on fire)
I want to try messing around with large format Polaroids if this is at possible in 2015. I like the image quality, depth of field, and cool edges, but don't want to try and fake the funk with photoshop filters. Is the Impossible Project or anyone else doing 55 film? What's a good camera for cheap (ish) that will work for this? Do I need a darkroom or any sort of setup for this? Would love your experience and advice.
I'm working on writing and shooting a story of a female fighter for a film competition. Unfortunately, all the fighters I know, whether in mma or boxing, are all guys. Obviously, women also go to the gyms around me but not that many compete. And my friends weren't close to any female fighters. They offer some insight but I'd rather talk with a woman who has been in the ring or interested in competing amateur or otherwise, so at the very least I don't create a story that rings false. Any ideas about how to get in touch with women who do competitive boxing/mma? [more inside]
What are the weirdest and/or most intense non-documentary movies that are nonetheless totally safe to watch on a crowded plane? I'm looking for movies that are uncompromising, but nonetheless have no gore, no nudity and no disturbing violence. Assume I have well-insulated earphones. (Examples: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS or THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.)
Looking for Hollywood films released before the year 2000 that use the speed ramping effect. [more inside]
Trying to remember a film I saw on television years ago. I was either German or Swiss and was about a heavyset man on a ski holiday. I remember it was very nearly silent (but was not a silent movie; it looked relatively modern) and everything was a sort of a disaster for him, and I remember it being unexpectedly sweet, and that's all I remember. Hope me!
I need help trying to find a song similar to Erik Satie's Gymnopédies No. 1. for use in a film. [more inside]
I'll be in Paris for two weeks and I want to shoot some black & white film while there. I'd prefer to not bring film with me on the plane and instead buy and process my film while there. [more inside]
An indie film maker wants to use a song my band recorded and released for free. It's written by a friend's band and used with their permission. The film maker is asking to use it for free for a low-ish budget indie film. They have a contract, which states that they will use it for free and how they can use it (and that they do not have exclusive rights). We're pretty much ok with it, and so are the original songwriters. BUT... we've had interest in the past for commercial sync deals with this song. On two occasions, a sync company approached us to present the song to a client for commercials. Although these deals didn't work out, it's not unforeseeable that we get approached again, since this particular song seems to have commercial appeal. My question: if we give the song away for free to this film, will that ruin our chances of selling the song in the future? I know that legally, we can do whatever we want. However, would a sync company or their clients not want to use it if it had already appeared in a film? [more inside]
Hey Brilliant People! I'm wondering if anyone knows where the title for "The Breakfast Club" film came from. It's so confusing! Also, does anyone know of any scholarly research done on John Hughes' movies? Thanks so much :) Happy Spring!
So the qualities I adored about The Cranes are Flying (just watched it yesterday!) were the striking cinematography and the hopeful, humanist melodrama-- it felt like a romantic American melodrama in ways and yet had a sense of dark reality I more so associate with foreign art-house fare... and once again, incredible cinematography! I cannot for the life of me decide on what to watch tonight so I thought I'd throw it out to the Hive Mind to choose for me!
I'm looking for examples, or what the trope is called, where a director (or screenwriter) takes a source material (a novel, could be a comic book, or even a previous television show) and creates something new with a very particular artistic vision that wasn't there before. Details and examples inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of dramatic irony (where the audience knows something that the character doesn't know) to illustrate the concept to a 9th grade literature class. I'd prefer examples from TV shows or movies that they are likely to have seen recently, although popular books might be OK, too.
Trying to remember the name of a movie I only saw a clip from about 22 years ago. It was a color film, definitely arthouse/independent -- possibly foreign. All I can remember is a piece of fruit (a pear?) playing an important symbolic role, and in the scene either the fruit (or perhaps it was a ball) was rolling incongruously across the floor of a nice manor room where elegant-looking people were sitting. Ring any bells?
Anyone know of an (animated?) movie in the 1980s or 1990s where the child protagonist enters an alternate universe where everyone's left-handed? A friend remembers seeing it on a Saturday afternoon when he was young, and I thought I'd be able to find its title for him, but I'm not having much luck.
I am trying to identify a movie from fifties or very early sixties, where a soldier is found reading Ulysses by his fellow soldiers who accuse him of reading dirty books. Any ideas?
I love movies about spunky teens running from the law and becoming folk heroes, like The Legend of Billie Jean or Times Square. The "running from the law" part is negotiable; I like stuff like Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains as well. Spunky teens are a must though! [more inside]
Hey -- when did film theaters start doing continuous showing, how frequent was it -- that is was it a big city thing or was it everywhere -- and when did continuous showing end, does anyone know?
I'm looking for essays/thinkpieces/papers/etc which critically examine movie reviewing as a practice, particularly its epistemological basis. In particular, I'm thinking of the way that critics typically use objective language to describe films -- this movie is boring and cliched, this acting is wooden, this ending is predictable -- despite the fact that all these qualities are experienced in divergent ways by audience member. Thus you regularly see critics averring that a lowbrow comedy is objectively unfunny, despite the fact that, sociologically, we know that a large number of audience members enjoyed it. Any ideas?
I need an accountant in L.A., preferably somewhere between downtown and Mid-City. [more inside]
Lots of genre TV stars have written memoirs, but do any of them go into detail about life on the convention circuit? [more inside]
Hi Brilliant People! I'm researching organizations and leaders in communities of people who are anti-feminist and working to preserve male supremacy, masculinity building for men who may be viewed as weak and techniques used to promote these ways of thinking. Actual people and organizations doing this would be helpful. Also any depictions in film, tv, literature, etc. would be great. Also, any new stories you know of men who have been traumatized by this kind of treatment. Thanks so much!!!
I watched the film Calvary recently (highly recommended, by the way) and I've fallen head over heels in love with the Gaelic vocal from the track from the (Patrick Cassidy) score "Say Your Prayers". Where can I find more stuff like this? [more inside]
I love cult movies about dumb teenage boys having adventures, possibly in the 1950s/1960s and possibly in a 1980s/1990s production. Like Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Outsiders, or Lost Boys and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. What other movies would I love? [more inside]
Does each individual nonfiction work (books, documentaries, etc) on the same topic (a particular event, for example, or a historical life story) have its own separate set of film rights to be bought? [more inside]
In the 1958 B-picture "Murder By Contract," a woman plays the piano starting about 33 minutes in. Can you tell what she's playing? Clip inside! [more inside]
I am working on a short (4-minute) film that is set at a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. As part of the film one of the characters (an actor) will be on stage, acting out a short portion from a play. I need to choose what passage the actor will be performing. Help? [more inside]
What is the name, who is the director, and is this film available? [more inside]
Where do you go to find out about really cool indie films? Just saw a trailer for the movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and thought it looked amazing (to give you an idea of the kind of movies I'm looking for). I'd like to find a blog or website with reviews for indie movies like this one that don't necessarily make it out to theaters or get reviewed in major publications. [more inside]
Which films feature humble, quiet, loners with a grand project or rich inner life? Think The Shawshank Redemption or Zodiac. Bonus points if it's available on Netflix.
I want to start hosting a biweekly "Artsy Fartsy Movie Night." The idea is to show an extremely high-brow movie followed by an extremely low-brow one. It would be nice if the two movies could be thematically linked, or linked by title. [more inside]
Australian-made, possibly late 70's/early 80's, about a teacher (I think) who moves to a new school (I think) who encounters an evil child or children or community. One scene in particular has stuck in my head for the last 30-ish years, and I'd like to watch it again to see if it's as scary as I remember. (There is a fake suicide scene which I describe inside, so please be warned about a potential trigger.) [more inside]