Today the /Film team is headed to 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. The convention has become a huge venue to premiere the latest movie, television, comic books and video game projects. The event has actually grown so big that it has overgrown the San Diego Convention Center and is now taking over other venues around San Diego in a series of sponsored and non-official events. But like anything, Comic-Con started off really small. The photo above shows off the massive lines outside the convention center in the early 1980′s, when Comic Con was just entering its teenage years. MovieClips has put together a video explaining the history of comic-con in just 4 minutes. Watch the History of Comic-Con video now embedded after the jump.
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CinemaSins continues their film criticism series returning to the Harry Potter film adaptations with Everything Wrong With Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. After the jump I have rounded up all five of their Everything Wrong With Harry Potter movies videos published thus far for those of you who have missed the prior entries.
Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Before I started /Film, I was an aspiring screenwriter (and later an aspiring filmmaker). Screenwriting has always been a love of mine, and I have tremendous respect for writers in this world. I think most people who go to the movies think films are written like novels — How to write a screenplay? A writer types away behind a glowing computer screen, and when he’s done they make that movie. Many of you know the process is much more collaborative than that, but some of you might not know the obsessive organization that goes into designing a story.
The creative process of a screenwriter is not magical, it usually involves a ton of hard work and long hours (as is with most great art). We often see behind the scenes videos showing how movies are filmed, but rarely do we get a look into the creative process behind the writing which sets the stage for the entire production. Its arguably the most important step of the moviemaking process. If you have never read a book about screenwriting or don’t listen to John August’s scriptnotes podcast, than this video is something you need to see.
Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
We usually put mash-up trailers in our link blog round-up Page 2, but I think this one is worth a breakout because it combines the two best movies of 2014 (so far, at least in my opinion), Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nelson Carvajal has edited the two movies into a trailer titled “Apehood” (which also includes footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Both Dawn and Boyhood are in theaters now, make time to see both of these films on the big screen.
The way I see it, you have three options. 1. Spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on film school. 2. Read a book. Or 3, watch this nine-minute YouTube video. Yeah, I’d pick number 3 too.
The fine folks at CineFix have put together a video called The History of Hollywood in Under 10 Minutes. Which is great, except it teaches you about much more than just Hollywood and the total runtime is 8:52. And while I don’t advocate this being your only source of knowledge on the topic of film history (I’m obliged to say that because of my own expensive film education) it’s a super-fun watch nonetheless. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Glen Keane is a legend in the animation world — notably his time at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked as a key creative on some of your favorite animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane revealed a personal short film he created titled The Duet.
Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane (former Disney animator and creator of such beloved characters as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Rapunzel), DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood.
The Duet is an amazing movie which you must find the time to watch. Its a short animated film with the epic scope of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the emotion of a Pixar film. Watch the Glen Keane short film The Duet embedded after the jump, alongside a making of video.
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Tony Zhou analyzes director Michael Bay‘s filmmaking style in great video essay titled “What is Bayhem?”. Zhou introduces his video as follows:
There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.
Many of you may easily discount Michael Bay’s filmmaking as blockbuster popcorn cinema, but Bay has an unmistakable style that others have not been able to easily replicate. Bay’s films are unmistakable. Show me a scene from a Brett Ratner film I’ve never seen and I wouldn’t be able to tell you the director, but show me a scene from a Michael Bay film and his style is instantly recognizable. James Cameron has famously stated that he “studied [Bay's] films and reverse-engineered his shooting style.” Zhou takes an in-depth look at the vocabulary of Bay’s filmmaking style. Watch the “What is Bayhem?” video essay embedded after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
In honor of the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next week, CinemaSins has released Everything Wrong With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a video making fun of the problems in the 20th Century Fox 2011 science fiction prequel/reboot (or what I call pre-boot) of the Planet of the Apes franchise. The nit-picky video runs nine minutes and dissects every little lapse in logic in the film. Watch CinemaSins’ Everything Wrong With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes video now after the jump.