Jaws beach scene

It’s easy to say that Steven Spielberg is a master of visual storytelling, but there’s a lot to learn by watching a detailed breakdown of how of approaches a complex scene. While Jaws is an early effort from Spielberg, it already displays a deep understanding of cinematic language, and builds on lessons taught by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock in the creation of suspense.

The Jaws beach scene, in particular, is a sequence we can all learn from, and a terrific video essay breaks it down in great detail to show why the sequence is particularly skillful. Read More »

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Brad Bird The Spirit
We all remember Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner‘s The Spirit, or maybe we’re trying to forget it. That wasn’t the first time Hollywood attempted to bring the comic book classic to the big screen. One of the previous attempts was to turn the story into an animated movie, with a young director named Brad Bird creating a fake pitch trailer to try to sell the feature. This was of course before Bird went on to direct The Iron Giant, The Incredibles or Ratatouille. He was a young filmmaker just out of Cal Arts.

Find out the Brad Bird The Spirit adaptation story, see some concept art and even read a letter Bird supposedly wrote to pitch the project to Steven Spielberg.

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Ape Meets Girl Jaws - Amity Island Island Open

There’s no arguing Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws is a masterpiece. An infinitely rewatchable thriller that’s quotable, entertaining and influential. One of the many places you see that influence today is the pop culture art world. Jaws is regularly one of the most reimagined properties out there. There have been full art shows dedicated to the film as well as innumerable one off pieces here and there. And with each subsequent poster released, the artists seem to be inspired to top one another.

Which leads us to the latest Jaws print by Kevin M. Wilson aka Ape Meets Girl. He took the intense film and boiled it down into a serene landscape showing Amity Island in its before, and after, settings. See the full Ape Meets Girl Jaws posters below. Read More »

Transformers Optimus Prime

Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.

Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below. Read More »

Bill Hader the bfg casting

The way the Internet reacts, you’d think Steven Spielberg was already behind the cameras on Ready Player One. However, the fact is he’s in post-production on October’s Bridge of Spies and pre-production for next year’s The BFG, both of which will be completed before he even thinks about that new sci-fi film.

Casting on The BFG continued this week and another one of the giants in the Roald Dahl film has found its human alter-ego. The human in question is Bill Hader. Read more about The BFG casting below. Read More »

Steven Spielberg arcades in movies

In honor of the news that Steven Spielberg will be directing a big screen adaptation of Ready Player One, here is our September 2014 posting about Spielberg’s love for video games and specifically his 1980’s arcade game collection.

An Arcades in Movies supercut has been posted online chronicling arcade games in cinema from the year 1975 to 1994. And to add something extra, I’ve included a gallery of photos of a young Steven Spielberg and his arcade collection from the 1980’s as well as details on a forward the young filmmaker wrote in a book on arcade video games. Check out the Steven Spielberg arcade game collection photos and more, after the jump.

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Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One director

The film version of Ernie Cline’s novel Ready Player One just got a huge shot of adrenaline, as it is now set to go at Warner Bros. thanks to a collaboration with Village Roadshow. It has also attracted one of the biggest talents in filmmaking. As of now, the Ready Player One director is Steven Spielberg.

The novel features a teen gamer who lives his life exploring secrets and details of a “virtual utopia” called OASIS, which features details of games and movies from decades past. He and others are all searching for an in-game easter egg which will give them control of the entire world.

And while people have wondered how this novel could possibly be faithfully adapted, given that it features references to a whole host of real-world properties, having Spielberg’s name on the film could be the answer.

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john williams bridge of spies

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”

Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.

Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »

Bridge of Spies

The new Steven Spielberg film, which reunites the director with star Tom Hanks, was referred to early on as the “Untitled Cold War Thriller,” and then shot under the title St. James Place. But when released in theaters, the movie will be called Bridge of Spies — a more colorful title, to be sure, and one which has its own place in cold war history.

Additionally, John Williams has been confirmed to provide the score for the film, marking the latest collaboration in his long-running partnership with Spielberg. Read More »