VOTD: The History of Fake Blood in Movies

Fake Blood in Movies

If you were out and about this weekend, there’s a good chance you saw plenty of fake blood splattered across the faces and clothing of many Halloween enthusiasts. And even though the bloody holiday is now over, there’s no better time to appreciate the history behind fake blood.

A new 21-minute video essay dives into the history of fake blood in movies. In fact, it actually starts back before movies existed, since motion pictures actually ended up adopting some of the fake blood techniques that were used on stage at the time. But as the movies advanced in a relatively short period of time, so did the presentation of blood on film. Read More »

Editing video essay

Editing is one of the most important parts of filmmaking. Ironically, when this integral element of quality filmmaking is working, you won’t even notice it. An editor should be cutting the movie without intruding on the audience, and it should be guided by the story, calling attention to exactly what you want the audience to see, when you want them to see it.

Now a video essay called Editing: Creating the Oh F**k Moment brings our attention to an editing technique that effectively walks the audience through the film without intruding on what they’re looking at, or rather, what the director wants them to be looking at. Read More »