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Technicolor Unveils New 3D Film Technology

By Bob Bayless

3D films have taken off and proven to be a real moneymaker for the film industry. In fact, they are generating as much as three times the in-theater attendance as 2D features. During the “golden era” of the early ’50s, projecting 3D involved running film simultaneously through two synchronized projectors. Because film passes through... »

Contender – Costume Designer, Monique Prudhomme, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

By Jack Egan

Doing the costumes for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus “was a challenge any costume designer would love to have,” says Monique Prudhomme. Working closely with director Terry Gilliam, whose credits include Brazil, Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the Canadian designer was given free reign to design the outfits for the visually... »

Celebrated Fashion Designer Makes His Directorial Debut on A Single Man

By Jack Egan

As a first-time film director, fashion designer Tom Ford makes an auspicious debut in A Single Man. Based on a Christopher Isherwood story of the same name, the movie, set in the early 1960s, is about a portentous day in the life of a gay man, George Falconer, who is coming to terms... »

Defying Conventional Expectations in Up in the Air

By Mary Ann Skweres

With his earlier films Juno and Thank You for Smoking, Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman established himself as a smart, imaginative and wry storyteller with a penchant for provocative anti-heroes that defy conventional expectations. With his latest offering, Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel of the same title, Reitman continues along... »

The Making of Avatar

By Scott Essman

James Cameron’s long-awaited epic fantasy Avatar is definitely “titanic” in size and scope. “It’s got a big story—that’s where it starts,” said producer Jon Landau, who also produced Cameron’s last film, Titanic. “Jim created a story that called for a world that did not exist. The technology did not exist before Titanic. The technical... »

Documentary Filmmaker Exposes Brutal Dolphin Hunt in The Cove

By Bob Bayless

After a screening of The Cove, I was moved and impressed as well as depressed by the experience. »

Men Who Stare At Monitors

By Mark London Williams

Visual FX supervisor Thomas J. Smith has overseen digital effects on pictures where you know you’ll be watching a lot of digital sleight-of-hand, like The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and The Chronicles of Riddick, and also films you wouldn’t immediately expect to be FX heavy, like all three Ocean’s films with George Clooney. He... »

Developing an Eye for Great Cinematography

By Jack Egan

The look and emotional feel of a film, more than simply a series of unfolding images, is the responsibility of the director of photography. The cinematographer, from choice of camera and lenses, to the crucial task of lighting what’s being shot, is the director’s “right hand,” working to support the helmer’s vision of the... »

A Great Year for Animation

By Scott Lehane

This year has seen a bumper crop of top-notch animated films, making the competition for the Best Animated Feature Oscar particularly interesting. The award, recognizing a genre that was long ignored by the Academy is a relative newcomer, having been instituted only in 2001. “It was certainly a pretty exceptional year for animation,” said... »

Grass Roots Marketing for Indie Films

By Scott Lehane

The indie film business is a tumultuous, often unpredictable world, where survival is always a tenuous proposition. You can have a low-budget movie like Paranormal Experience that comes out of nowhere, (with almost no budget), and takes the world by storm, but more often than not, a single film can easily bankrupt an indie... »

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