John Carpenter and Jared Harris on filmmaking

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In which Jared Harris takes on the role of a moderator and asks John Carpenter about filmmaking. Discussions include production design, film looks, anamorphic, audiences, directing, film style and how it pertains to film acting, on-set discipline and market research. Previous discussions can be heard on stage fright here, and on acting here.



John Carpenter and Jared Harris on acting

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John Carpenter and Jared Harris sit down to talk about acting, where Carpenter acts as a moderator asking questions and gets answers about the craft from master thespian Jared Harris, son of an even bigger thespian Richard Harris. If you’d like to know a few things about an actor’s process, acting for TV, what they do on time off, and what goes through their mind when a director gives them directions then hear it all below.



John McTiernan on beginnings + filmmaking philosophy – Part II (2014)

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Since the release of John McTiernan from his stint in federal prison early this April, he’s been invited to the Deauville American Film Festival last month where he gave not one, but two Masterclasses on his filmmaking. I condensed this particular one to its bare essentials which cover familiar ground discussed in the earlier commentary select I’ve put together which you can view below. I’m including a separate select that focuses simply on how McTiernan began his career for those interested simply because it fills in some details of his beginnings and what was to come to be his entire approach to filmmaking. Check out all three selects below.



Albert Hughes on filmmaking – Part I & II

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Albert Hughes (and briefly cinematographer Peter Deming) discuss the filmmaking process and approach to learning, set design, camera technique, and in Part II  on Hollywood and what it means to love the craft so much that it causes utter depression. Don’t miss that bit of lengthy discussion because for any serious filmmaker, it’s bound to hit home.



Steven Soderbergh and Mark Romanek on filmmaking – Part I-III

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In what I found to be one of the most illuminating discussions about the filmmaking process I’ve heard in a while, Soderbergh touches upon low budget filmmaking. Extensively covered points are about working with non-actors, shooting digital, and process of directing such a low budget film.



Gus Van Sant on remaking Psycho

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What drove Gus Van Sant to remake Psycho? What is the reason? Personally speaking, as someone who is fascinated with the cinematic language I found Van Sant’s reason to be a worthy and justifiable one on the grounds of a pure experiment to better understand this art form.