Posts tagged "Movies"

Fresh Eyes

On Friday the graduate film production students held an informal screening of our “P1″ films. (P1= Project 1) These were the very first films that we produced as part of the program. They were limited to five minutes in length and we had to record production sound, but we were not allowed to incorporate dialogue.... Read more »

Pros and Comic Cons

It was ten thirty on Thursday night. I had just gotten home from a preview screening of “Blackfish”. I was checking my phone for the last time before going to bed and I noticed a text from my sister: “R u free tomorrow? Wanna go to Comic Con? Free tickets just fell in mah lap.”... Read more »

Babies Do NOT Belong In Movie Theatres!!!

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Monsters University” as a birthday outing with my husband who is not, in general, fond of animated movies. We decided to catch a matinee hoping that it would be cheaper and less crowded than an evening showing. It still wasn’t cheap, but at least the crowd... Read more »
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Do Americans Like Watching The White House Explode?

Do Americans Like Watching The White House Explode?
In the town where I live fireworks are not only legal but are easily accessible thanks to a fireworks stand on every corner. As soon as it was dark out the neighborhood erupted in a cacophony of explosions. A brief walk to the end of the block revealed that dozens of our neighbors were out... Read more »

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That
Lately there has been an article from the Hollywood Reporter making the rounds entitled “Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry”. The gist of the article is this: Hollywood is having an increasingly difficult time luring audiences into movie theatres. Studios are committing more and more money to a few extravagantly big budget films to... Read more »

What's Wrong With This Picturehouse?

Yesterday I went to see “The Great Gatsby” in the theatre. As a filmmaker I am always a little bit ashamed to admit how rarely I go to the movie theatre. Actually, I should amend that: I rarely pay to see a movie in the movie theatre: I went to a movie theatre in March for a... Read more »
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Are You Movie Literate?

Are You Movie Literate?
“Watching a lot of movies won’t make you movie literate.” Thus began the argument between my sister, a writer, and myself, a filmmaker. “If you really want to train yourself to understand movies you should read a lot of screenplays.” Her argument was sound: reading more screenplays would train my inner eye to interpret words on... Read more »

Movies Beyond The Screen (Part 1)

There is a lot of talk in the movie world about what the Next Big Thing will be that will bring audiences back to the movies. Think of the last time that you personally went to a movie theatre and you will know what I am talking about. I am a filmmaker and even I... Read more »

You're Making A Movie? Who Cares?

You're Making A Movie? Who Cares?
No really: Who cares? Who is going to care enough to come and see it? This is a question that a lot of emerging filmmakers assume will answer itself once the movie is made: that their story will be good for everyone and it will become a hit on the merits of its storytelling and... Read more »
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A Full House: A Nice Problem To Have

A Full House: A Nice Problem To Have
Every filmmaker, from the mightiest studio executive to the humblest of students with a camcorder all have one thing in common: to have a full audience when they premiere their film. The scale varies, of course: the student might be hoping to fill their living room while the studio executive is hoping to fill hundreds... Read more »