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.



Frank Darabont on filmmaking – Part 3 & 4

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The man who is known for spending multiple sessions actually recording his commentary tracks returns with more well prepared information on how he threw away all of his trademark film technique out for a much looser style seen in The Mist. Hear it all here.



Christopher McQuarrie on filmmaking

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Christopher McQuarrie along with his composer Joe Kraemer sit down to discuss some of their thoughts on filmmaking and motivations on certain scenes. Stick through until the end to find out the lessons McQuarrie learned from making his directorial debut.



Frank Urioste on film editing

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The editor who was John McTiernan‘s perfect collaborator for Die Hard because he was happy to “cut on movement” when any other film editor would deem you as a filmmaker who doesn’t know what he’s doing, sits down to divulge some information on the process of editing. What is the process on a day-to-day basis for an editor? What is important to maintain a rhythm of a scene? How does temp music help an editor when he cuts a scene? What is an editor’s responsibility? These questions, among others will be answered by this generally unknown editor who was behind some very interesting action films of the 90′s.



Steven Soderbergh and Neil LaBute on filmmaking

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One of the most informative commentators is Steven Soderbergh, whose quote I have up on the right hand side of the main page about what he thinks about commentaries as a resource for any wannabe filmmakers. No stranger to bringing on guests to sit in with him as he discusses the films at hand, he is joined by another filmmaker – Neil LaBute – who acts as a sort of moderator as he asks Soderbergh various questions about the filmmaking process. The range of discussion goes anywhere from rehearsals to using sound. Listen to it all below.