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Cinematography basics

What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 12, 2014 - 7 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Twee

I'm looking for recommendations for twee art. You can define this as broadly as you like, and if you want to include how you are defining the word, feel free. But I am looking for art that you actually like that is nonetheless decidedly twee. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 12, 2013 - 48 answers

Film & television about 1963.

Any suggestions for film and television, fiction or documentary about 1963, either made at the time or subsequently? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Hey, it's that guy?

CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
posted by Gingersnap on Jun 7, 2013 - 7 answers

You Speak Valyrian?

Last week's Game of Thrones was fantastic and reminded me that one of my favorite kinds of scenes in film and television is a scene I like to call the You Have Chosen the Absolute Wrong Person to Fuck With scene. The basic setup is that a character feels entirely positive they have another character under their thumb only to have a moment of panic and terror as they realize precisely the opposite to be true. Can you name terrific examples of this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 27, 2013 - 61 answers

That’s all, folks!

Asking for a friend who needs help (FAST!) finding a home for 200 to 300 scenic backdrops from film and television. [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Feb 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

MovieFilter? Where can I find intelligent discussion about movies and t.v.?

Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Oct 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Customers who recently made a contract with Kyuubey also liked...

If I loved Puella Magi Madoka Magica, what other shows or films will I love? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for the Usurper We Like.

Looking for examples and/or literary history of a trope that I'd refer to as the Villains' Satan. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 1, 2011 - 17 answers

If only we could sharpen that image..

I am a sucker for mysteries that involve clues hidden in photographs/film clips and am looking for other examples(SPOILERS for Blow Up, Veronica Mars and Stieg Larsson inside...) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 12, 2011 - 24 answers

English essay help!

What are some representations of gay, uniformed (police, military, etc) men in television and film?
posted by Saebrial on Feb 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Film/TV Filming Locations Identification

I have some screenshots from a television show, and I would like to post them somewhere so that someone could identify the specific filming location for me (they weren't shot on a set, but on location; the Angeles National Forest area in So. California specifically). I've tried doing this in some Flickr groups but it's been fruitless. Any suggestions of some sites or online communities that could help me out? Thanks in advance!
posted by Tim McDonough on Dec 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Do you know this film about goblins/aliens?

I'm trying to identify a scary TV programme/film I saw as a child with goblins/aliens. Possibly Australian. [more inside]
posted by distorte on Nov 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Black eyes as a film/TV trope?

I'm interested in cases in which male leading characters in TV or film drama over the past 20 years or so appear with black eyes or other visible facial trauma. [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Nov 7, 2010 - 17 answers

was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film?

was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film @30fps? was/is that common practice? [more inside]
posted by yosh on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Examples of sex consent in TV and film

Inspired by this thread, I am looking for examples of verbal consent prior to sex in visual media such as film or television (country of origin is unimportant). [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese on Jul 16, 2010 - 18 answers

Books and film depicting the quarter-life crisis ?

Going through what some mefis describe as the quarter-life crisis, I'd like to read about or watch others going through it as well. Any suggestions ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Feb 1, 2010 - 27 answers

I wanna work in pictures!

I'm interested to get involved in tv production, ideally in a researcher or production management position, but I know I'll need to start a little bit further down the food chain. Trouble is I don't have any experience. Is this the most stupid idea in the world? [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats on Jan 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Leadership in Film and on TV

Examples of leadership on film (or tv). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 27, 2009 - 22 answers

Same But Different Movies & TV Shows

Looking for "the same, but different" movies or TV shows. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Aug 18, 2009 - 42 answers

I want to see more bad people

Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2009 - 71 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Identify this (probably really awful) movie!

Identify this (probably really awful) movie! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Costume drama/Period film/tv recommendations?

Help me make a list of must see costume dramas/period films/tv. I love costume dramas and period films/tv and I'd like to see more of them. Recommendations please? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Feb 3, 2009 - 50 answers

Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents?

Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents? Extra bonus points if you can name other examples of actor from country X playing a character from country Y faking the accent of country X. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 2, 2009 - 28 answers

What is this French-language show/film?

What is this French show or film that I only watched fifteen or twenty minutes of, last night in a hotel room? [more inside]
posted by padraigin on Dec 7, 2008 - 2 answers

The Han and Cinema

The Han and Cinema I am working on a paper on the Korean concept of Han and how Han is communicated directly or through the use of trope in film and television. Of particular interest are films and television from East Asia, those which feature East Asian actors, and those which are set in East Asia. The definition I am seeking to support or reject is the idea of Han as: The pain of victims that has festered in their hearts for a long time. My ideas thus far: The West Wing (2003) Episode 504 - entitled Han. The Good Earth (1937) In addition to the plot of the film of interest is the fact Anna May Wong was passed over for the role of O-Lan and the pain and woundedness and the sense of "Han" she experienced. M*A*S*H (1972-1983) set in Korea but not focused on Korea. The Korean people are merely a silent witness in the series, they have no voice. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
posted by the_binary_blues on Oct 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Do Mulder and Scully count?

I'm looking for movies and television shows that featured memorable, star-crossed heterosexual couples. The man and woman must either: a) never get together, or b) get together only to have everything go horribly. No long-term relationships or on-and-off again romances, please. Bonus points for obscurity, but well-known examples are also appreciated. Examples: - Red (K. Kieslowski) - Titanic Thanks for your help! :-)
posted by coizero on Aug 1, 2008 - 64 answers

Why doesn't the BBC show films in the right way?

I've recently asked a question of the BBC about why they're not showing films in the correct aspect ration -- even though the uk's Channel Four does -- and I'm a bit confused by the reply. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Australian tax question EXCITING. Not.

Any Australian mefites out there with tax accounting knowledge for film/tv workers? I am so confused about this "income averaging" thing everyone's talking about. I get the theory of why and how income averaging works, but I'm a bit confused about who is eligible, as I've been hearing conflicting stories... [more inside]
posted by mooza on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

You're Drunk!

I'm on a writing binge! What are the best upcoming teleplay and screenplay contests?
posted by dkleinst on Feb 14, 2008 - 3 answers

TV interviews in big movie moments?

I'm looking for films where the climax of the story takes place during a live, on-camera television interview. The only one I can think of which comes close is "The Insider." Please help! [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 8, 2007 - 49 answers

Help a film editor find work in the UK or USA

I want to find work as a film editor in the UK. Would it be better to find a permanent job, or freelance? Would I need an agent? If so, do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Oct 5, 2007 - 2 answers

Whither realistic cops on TV and film?

Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 29, 2007 - 25 answers

Kickbacks and Shady Business

I own with my partner a transcription service for film and TV production companies in Ontario. Recently, a company asked us to do something I consider slightly shady, and I'd like some opinions about what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2007 - 21 answers

Mission Statements in Film

Mission Statements in Film: I'm working on a presentation about the importance of having clear objectives, and am interested in relevant video clips. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Mar 28, 2007 - 23 answers

Film Permits Yes or No?

How big a deal is it to shoot a documentary in LA and New York without permits? (overseas tv crew) [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Oct 25, 2006 - 14 answers

When an actor dies, does their character live on?

How have different tv shows or movie franchises dealt with the death of actors between episodes/seasons/films? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Apr 17, 2006 - 53 answers

Keeping continuity on a non-scripted show

TVFilter: I caught the tail end of a reality show on the Discovery Channel and noticed a continuity person in the credits. Continuity? On a reality show? [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Mar 17, 2006 - 15 answers

How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast?

How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on Mar 13, 2006 - 16 answers

I regret nothing!

Someone jumps or falls from a great height, presumably to their death, and shouts, "I regret nothing!" I've seen this used as a joke in a number of places, but where does it originate? It appeared on The Simpsons in 1992 - a guy yells it when he falls through an opening drawbridge while waiting in line for the Itchy and Scratchy movie - but it seems like it has to be a reference to something else.
posted by Fourmyle on Jan 24, 2005 - 28 answers

classic literature to pop culture

I'm searching for a dedicated listing of movies/television episodes with direct links and/or crafty allusions to classic literature, a la "Clueless" to "Emma," or "The Lion King" to "Hamlet." (Or various episodes of The Simpsons to a whole bunch of different things.) [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Jan 22, 2004 - 10 answers

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