The Office Auditions

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch The Office audition tapes featuring familiar faces like Seth Rogen, Bob Odenkirk, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and more auditioning for Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, and Dwight Schrute. Listen as John Ratzenberger breaks down his cameos throughout the films of Pixar Animation. And finally, hear how The Vast of Night builds tension through sound in a scene breakdown. Read More »

The Vast of Night Review

Certain decades have their own tangible fears. The 1950s possessed a culture of fear that has been explored repeatedly throughout the horror and sci-fi genres. Cold war fears were heavily centered around an aversion to the other, technology, nuclear war, and aliens. There’s a singular simplicity in film and television that captures the emotional impact of these anxieties, allowing filmmakers to enhance metaphors through style, dialogue, and setting as opposed to overt displays of violence and nightmarish imagery. Director Andrew Patterson’s feature debut The Vast of Night at Fantastic Fest 2019 applies all of the conventional trepidation of the time period, while delivering a film with concise and unorthodox storytelling along with subtle suspense rooted in sci-fi. Read More »