VOTD: Zack Snyder Loves Slow Motion

Zack Snyder Slow Motion Supercut

Love Zack Snyder or hate him, it’s hard to deny he’s got a distinctive visual style. (Indeed, detractors often argue that’s his problem — that he’s nothing but style.) And one of his very favorite go-tos from his bag of tricks is tweaking the pace of the action onscreen.

Dude loves himself some slow-mo, as demonstrated by this new supercut. He loves it so much, the video is even set to Emily Browning‘s slowed-down version of the Eurythmics“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” from Snyder’s Sucker Punch. Watch the Zack Snyder slow motion supercut after the jump.

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LOL: How ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Should Have Ended

How The Amazing Spider-man 2 Should Have Ended

Typically, the How It Should Have Ended videos do exactly as they say on the label. But the problems with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were apparently so numerous, the team had to rewrite not just the third act but practically the entire film.

Which, in the end, actually makes even less sense. If you keep Richard Parker from getting into that plane crash, or prevent Max Dillon from falling into that electric eel tank, then why would there still be a big power plant showdown at the climax?

No matter, though. It’s just fun watching the HISHE gang poke fun at the nonsensical movie logic that runs the entire film. And it’s even more fun watching them bring in some superpowered pals for Spidey. Watch How The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Should Have Ended after the jump.

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Back to the Future opening shot

A truly great shot is one you’ll never notice. It tells a story with no apparent effort, putting the audience right in the space needed to get ideas across with no interference between lens and eye. Filmmakers can take obvious pride in their attention-getting compositions. But I’d wager the shots for which many directors, cinematographers and crews feel the most pride are the ones that audiences never realize are incredibly difficult. One great example is very intricate Back to the Future opening shot.

There’s a lot of great stuff in Back to the Future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many people have never thought about how challening the opening shot might have been. The /Film readership is a savvy bunch, many of you filmmakers and/or deep enthusiasts of the art of film, so it may be no surprise that the BTTF opening is a beast of a shot. Regardless, there’s something to be learned from dissecting how it was done. In a new interview, the film’s special effects supervisor Kevin Pike explains just how they did that long Back to the Future opening shot. Read More »

Short Film: Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World
One of my interests outside of film has always been magic, an art which I think goes hand in hand with the mastery of storytelling and incorporation of visual effects in films. In the past years there have been several great magic documentaries: Make Believe (which is like Spellbound but about the teenage world magic championships, from the producers of King of Kong), The Magic Life (focused on the struggles of being a magician), and Magic Camp (which was about Tannen’s Magic Camp, the oldest and most prestigious training camp for young magicians).

I’m magnetically attracted to anything about magic or magicians. Today I discovered a 15-minute short film titled Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World, which tells the story of Abbott’s Magic Get Together, an annual gathering of several hundred magicians from all over the world who convene for a week of shows and lectures. The gathering has been going on for the past 80 years, in the tiny town of Colon Michigan which proudly bills itself as “The Magic Capital of the World.” Watch the Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World short film embedded after the jump. You might even see some familiar faces from those other previously mentioned magic documentaries.

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VOTD: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron films Gravity

What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.

I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.

It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »

Pogo's The Trouble

Video remix artist Pogo has been remixing films into music for a four years now. He has done a number of live action film remixes, including: A.I.Lord of the RingsTerminator 2,  Groundhog Day, Pulp Fiction, and even Back to the Future. But he has mainly focused on animated films, including Disneya nd Pixar: the Up-inspired Upular, the Toy Story-inspired Toyz Noize and Buzzwings, the Monsters Inc-inspired “Boo Bass” and others. Pogo’s latest remix (with video made by Joshua Kershaw) combines a bunch of Disney movies, cutting the live action Mary Poppins with animated films like Peter Pan, , Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Enjoy Pogo’s The Trouble video remix now embedded after the jump.

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Martin Scorsese Commencement Speech 2014

Martin Scorsese gave the commencement address to the 1,275 members of the 2014 graduating class of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts during a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on May 23rd, 2014. Tisch School of the Arts recently put the whole Martin Scorsese commencement speech online for everyone to watch. Martin Scorsese tells the story of how he ended up at NYU, his misadventures in learning about movies. He also tell stories of the frustrating days on film shoots from his nightmares, his first meeting with Elia Kazan in the late 1960′s, a horrifyingly cruel response to his student film, and how awards and success will come and won’t, in varied degrees at various different moments. Watch the 30 minute Martin Scorsese commencement speech now embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: The Films of David Fincher

The Films of David Fincher

Daniel Silva has edited a 17-minute tribute to filmmaker David Fincher, artfully splicing together the director’s nine feature films including Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This video tribute does not include Fincher’s Alien 3 (because, you know why), his 1985 documentary The Beat of the Live Drum (probably because it isnt a narrative feature film) or his upcoming film Gone Girl. The edit is not just a music video like most of the tribute videos you see these days, including lengthy bits of scenes. That said, the short does include “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails and “Oraculum” by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Watch Daniel Silva’s The Films of David Fincher now embedded after the jump.

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