“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014. Our Kickstarter is still live and you can support our film project by going here.
On Wednesday, I woke up at 5:30 AM and spent the whole day shooting test footage for the film I’m working on with Stephen Tobolowsky. We had an ambitious schedule: between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., we were going to take one of Stephen’s stories and shoot different segments of it in four different locations (we plan to edit them together to form a single cohesive story). Later, at 8 p.m., Stephen performed a 45-minute story in front of a crowd of two dozen people in a local coffee shop, which we also filmed. Depending on how all the footage turns out, we may incorporate it into the final film.
I can now say that I have tasted the life of a filmmaker (actually, not even a full taste – more like an amuse-bouche) and it is definitely challenging as all get out.
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While visiting the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in July 2013, we got a chance to sit down and chat with brother directing team Joe and Anthony Russo. We talked about how they got involved with the project, working as a directing team, planting easter eggs, their action movie fandom, cinematic influences on this film, suit changes, ramping up the action, researching the story, developing the screenplay and much more. After the jump you will find our roundtable interview with the producer which was conducted right outside the Manhattan Beach sound-stages during the tail end of principal photography.
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While visiting the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in July 2013, we got a chance to sit down and chat with Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus, screenwriters of Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming sequel. After the jump you will find our roundtable interview with the producer which was conducted right outside the Manhattan Beach sound-stages during the tail end of principal photography.
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In July of 2013 I took a short trip to Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach to visit the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set. While on the studio lot, I got a chance to chat with the cast and crew; I learned some of the secrets of the movie and about the making of the film. After the jump you will read over 40 things I learned during my visit to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set. Marvel has also provided us with some photos to premiere from the production. And elsewhere on /Film, you can read full transcripts of our roundtable interviews with the actors, writers and directors.
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Every single day, artists make art based on films they love. It’s a little more rare for that art to influence the filmmaker it was originally about.
In 2010, the San Francisco art gallery Spoke Art debuted an exhibit called Bad Dads, based on the films of Wes Anderson. The exhibit featured work based on all of Anderson’s films up to that point. Since then, Bad Dads has become an annual event. It even gained the interest of Anderson himself, who said the following about the show in 2012: “Seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me in a very selfish way. I feel like it’s a communication to me almost, even though they probably don’t intend it that way.” In one case, Anderson actually turned that communication into something quite literal.
In Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, paintings are part of one of the major narrative threads; several original paintings are essential to the story. To create one of them, Anderson contacted artist Rich Pellegrino, who first gained the director’s attention at the aforementioned Bad Dads show. Pellegrino made a piece in the film called “Two Lesbians Masturbating,” and told /Film he was contacted specifically because Anderson liked his work in Bad Dads.
It’s a crazy case of pop culture art not only piquing the interest of the original subject, but inspiring that artist in his own work. Below, read the story of how the whole thing went down. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Considering that Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah centers on a flood of literally Biblical proportions, it seemed a bit ironic that our Noah set visit in October 2012 was delayed several hours by some routine autumn drizzle. But once we finally arrived on the Long Island set, it quickly became clear that the trip would be worth the wait.
Rising out of the nighttime fog was a massive cube-like structure — the famed ark. It was sitting in the middle of a field surrounded by trees, and though I wasn’t more than an hour’s drive from my own apartment, seeing it made me feel like I’d been transported to another time and place entirely. Aronofsky’s films have never been short on ambition, and Noah obviously wasn’t going to be an exception.
Over the course of that evening, we got to speak with Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe to learn just how this stunning passion project had come together over the course of many, many years. Hit the jump to find out what we learned.
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Here’s the first full Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer, which comes directly from director Michael Bay. This follows on the release of the long Super Bowl spot, and uses some of the same footage but offers a few more clues about what’s up with the story.
Posters for the film proclaim that “the rules have changed,” and that big gun in Wahlberg’s hands certainly suggests one difference between this sequel and the films that went before it.
Check out the trailer below for more action and some teasing glimpses at what to expect out of this fourth film. Read More »
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Here are your 2014 Oscar Winners from the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the big event, which featured one of the tightest Best Picture races in years. In the end 12 Years A Slave took home the big prize, but the rest of the awards were spread between Gravity (which won 7 Oscars total) and Dallas Buyers Club, which took home the two male acting awards. Other multiple winners included Frozen and The Great Gatsby; you can read the full list as well as our live blog below.
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