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Entertainment Weekly has released a faux public service announcement with character actors explaining why you should care about “that guy from that thing” more than “that guy on the billboard.” Character actors are supporting  actors who are usually skilled at playing interesting or unusual characters, but not usually the lead roles in a film. They are the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Watch the character actor PSA video embedded now after the jump.

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VOTD: The Art Of Steadicam

The Art Of SteadicamGarrett Brown operating Steadicam on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Refocused Media compiled a video celebrating the great Steadicam tracking (or Steadicam on a crane) shots of classic movies. The supercut features almost 40 films (from Stanley Kubrick to Paul Thomas Anderson) and a couple tracking shots from television (yes, The West Wing). Larry Wright explains The Art of Steadicam video edit:

These sequences are accomplished using a Steadicam, which is essentially a balanced stabilizer that allows for smoother and more easily controlled handheld camera operation. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70?s, the steadicam shot — or ‘steadishot’ — has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal. I was inspired to make this homage to the art of steadicam cinematography when browsing the database of “top” clips over at steadishots.org, which are rated by the community. After locating what sources I could from the top 50 or so, I decided to stick with the order presented on the site (accurate as of March 1, 2013).

Watch The Art Of Steadicam video embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: The History of Sound at the Movies

The History of Sound at the Movies

FilmmakerIQ has returned with another great film school video essay. The History of Sound at the Movies gives us a peek at the first lesson in their six part course which will cover science, microphones, recording, editing, foley, and ADR.

The inclusion of sound at the movies was one of the most dramatic changes in all of film history. Dive into the early experiments of Edison trying to incorporate sound from film’s inception, through the experiments in the early 1920s, the Jazz Singer and the industry sound overhaul, and finally the multi-channel surround and modern movie sound technologies.

Watch The History of Sound at the Movies embedded after the jump now.
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Marty McFly returned from the future to perform magic with future technology and knowledge at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (lets just hope he came back from a future sometime further in time than 2015). After the jump, you can watch the video featuring YouTube magician Stuart Edge who ran around Comic-Con dressed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future and performed magic tricks for the other attendees.

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Kermit The Frog Reviews Summer Movies

Our friends at MTV got a chance to sit down with The Muppets stars Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn about the 2014 Summer Movie Season. Kermit and Pepe talk about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (including the end credits stringer, spoiler be warned) and Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes. They also chat about the trouble with computer generated characters, being typecast and Kermit reveals that he auditioned for The Avengers but was unable to win the role of The Incredible Hulk. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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Milano Spaceship tour
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new video featuring Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, giving a MTV Cribs-style tour of his character’s spaceship The Milano. The ship is named the Milano after Peter Quill’s childhood crush on television star Alyssa Milano from Who’s The Boss (one of over 50 easter eggs I chronicled here). Chris Pratt’s Milano spaceship tour gives us a close-up look at all the tiny retro-styled sci-fi details in this practical set created by the amazing set and prop designers, much of which is not easy to see in the background of the film. Hit the jump to watch Chris Pratt’s Milano spaceship tour.

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Chris Pratt Jurassic World

In all his interviews discussing Jurassic World, star Chris Pratt has said over and over again how much he loves the franchise. He’s called it his generation’s Star Wars and seems genuinely stoked to be part of the fourth installment in the franchise.

What Pratt may or may not remember is on the Parks and Recreation Season 2 DVD Box Set, he filmed a little behind the scenes video in which he joked about Steven Spielberg casting him in the fourth Jurassic Park. That was in 2009 or 2010, long before anyone was cast or a full script was in existence. It eventually came true. Check out the Chris Pratt Jurassic World prediction video below. Read More »

VOTD: Jaws Speedrun 60 Second Animation

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We’ve run a bunch of the speedrun videos from 1A4Studio in the past, including The MatrixStar Wars Episode VI: A New Hope, The Big Lewbowski and Die Hard. 1A4Studio’s latest involves an animated speedrun of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 60 seconds. Watch the Jaws speedrun after the jump.

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