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J.J. Abrams On Filmmaking

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams; Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8, Lost, Revolution, Fringe, the upcoming Star Wars movie (the man is everywhere these days,) gives us a peek into his process during a recent sit down interview with the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts.

Abrams discusses the transitions between television to the big screen, balancing hyper-reality with intimacy, why television leaves room for surprises, the best advice he’s ever been given and what advice he would give to future filmmakers. [more]

Iconic Rock Photographer Norman Seef’s Stories Behind the Photos

You may not have known it, but I’m certain you’ve seen a Norman Seef photograph. What photo do you think of when you think of Ray Charles? He shot that. Carly Simon? Yup. Steve Jobs? Seef again. After reading our own Douglas Sonders’ article on how short the window of time is when working with celebrities, seeing how much Seef could get out of his subjects is awe-inspiring. [more]

Color Film Footage From 1920s London is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

In 1927, Claude Frisse-Greene shot a series of film around London based on a color (or colour) technique that his father had experimenting with. His father, William Friese-Greene, was an early pioneer of cinematography. His process was called ‘Biocolour’ which produced the illusion of color by exposing alternating frames of black and white film with color filters, then staining the film again with red or green. [more]

10 Steps To Shooting Your First DIY Interview

About a month ago we featured a video from the guys over at Neko Neko Films. In this video, they cover a mix of tips that while some may be no-brainers, you might find some very helpful if you having a tough time figuring out where to begin. We interview people all the time and I can’t emphasize enough just how important the little things are to create an engaging, yet informative video. [more]

Ridley Scott: Words of Advice From A Master Filmmaker

Ridley Scott is arguably one of the greatest movie directors of his time. Blade Runner, Legend, Alien, Black Hawk Down are just a sampling of his masterful works.

In the following sound clips, Ridley Scott shares his beginnings through art school, how directing television commercials for 15 years developed his lighting and editing skills and how making feature films for himself helped carry him to Hollywood. [more]

Jeff Bridges Honored for His Photography

Jeff Bridges has been nominated for six Academy Awards and has won once (for ‘Crazy Heart’). He can now add another honor to his list of awards. This week at the 29th annual Infinity Awards, he is being nominated for his photography. ‘The Dude’ has been shooting on-set images of the films he has worked on since 1984, and his work gives us a peek at a world most people never get to see. [more]

Your Argument About How Film is Better Than Digital is Old. Like, Really Old.

“These new ways might be found by men who could abandon their allegiance to traditional pictorial standards—or by the artistically ignorant, who had no old allegiances to break. There have been many of the latter sort. Since its earliest days, photography has been practiced by thousands who shared no common tradition or training, who were disciplined and united by no academy or guild, who considered their medium variously as a science, an art, a trade, or an entertainment, and who were often unaware of each other’s work… [more]

Nick Gentry’s Manipulated Film Artwork

London based artist Nick Gentry manipulates reclaimed film negatives to create beautiful works of art. His body of work places an emphasis on recycling obsolete media and the reuse of personal objects as a main theme. Gentry also creates amazing paintings on old floppy discs [more]

Never Before Seen Photos Of The Blues Brothers

It’s always fun to see photo never released during the time they were taken. Norman Seeff talks about these shots of the blues brothers he took in 1978.
“In 1978 I got a call to shoot the Blues Brothers. They were new on the scene for me and I wasn’t yet familiar with their work. But the guys in my crew were completely thrilled with the idea of filming this duo and convinced me that we should definitely film the session.” [more]

“Punching Back Time” Photographs Of Senior Boxers

Photojournalist David Eulitt recently completed Punching Back Time, a series of photographs that features senior athletes who at seasoned ages, strap on gloves and spar in the ring.

The boxers were participants in the 2nd Annual Ringside Masters Championship boxing tournament, a competition for amateur boxers ranging in ages from 35 to 75.  [more]

The Power Of Film (12 Talks) From TED

TED Talks set the bar for inspiration no matter the subject, the playlist The Power Of Film (12 Talks) certainly does not disappoint.

The good people over at TED have pieced together some big names in the movie industry for this imaginative playlist. The tag line reads “Few things are as magical as sitting back in a theater with a hushed crowd to enjoy a film, but what you see on the screen isn’t everything. Hear from visionaries — from Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood — on how to make movies.” [more]

Double Exposure: What Happens When Exposing The Same Film (Or CF) Twice

Double Exposure is something most of us who ever had a film camera experienced at least once. By accident. It happened when the film got stuck, or when we used a used film again by mistake. With the digital age coming in and replacing film, in-camera double exposures became a very rare kind of photography, but in recent years, many DSLRs added the option to create a double exposure in camera, and this old style came back to life. Check out these great examples of Double Exposure found on Flickr. [more]

Short Film on Seattle Grunge Photographer, Steve Gullick: ‘Punk As F—’ (NSFW)

Steve Gullick, one of rock music’s most prominent photographers of our time takes us into his darkroom and talks about the short time he spent capturing Seattle’s Grunge scene during 1990-1993. Steve shot bands like The Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Nirvana for Melody Maker and Sounds. [more]

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man Trailer

Bert Stern’s career started in the mailroom at Look Magazine and soon became sought after by Hollywood and Madison Avenue.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man directed by Shannah Laumeister, follows Stern’s career through the golden age of the ad world and the iconic Marilyn Monroe “The Last Sitting” series.

Stern is notably well known for his 3 day photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe for Vogue [more]

Polaroid Mosaics By Maurizio Galimberti

Marurizio Galimberti is an Italian born photographer who creates abstract mosaic portraits with Polaroid film. By shooting and arranging the Polaroid’s into grids, Galimberti’s subjects become abstract, giving the viewer a multiple dimensional perspective of each subject.

In the video, Galimberi is seen creating Chuck Close’s portrait, showing the technique used in his approach. [more]

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