Most Unexpected, Shocking death scenes compilation

Here’s a video compilation I did for of the most unexpected death scenes in cinema. There’s obviously a few missing – I was on a time limit so I tried to include the best ones. I wished to include one from Bonnie & Clyde for example – technically it does not fit since it was based on a true story, so we know the fate of the main characters, but cinematic presentation of it would definitely fit the video. Alas.

Enjoy, comment, whatever.

Ridley Scott on filmmaking – part I


Here it is, the first of a series of Ridley commentaries. Sorry, no video this time. Ridley’s discussions are always filled with good information on technical side of things as well as the industry. Devour it.

First episode of The Collective is here

In trying to expand here with Ash Thorp, we have collaborated on creating a podcast which will bring professionals working within the creative industry. Whether it be filmmakers, designers, composers, editors, DP’s – we’ll try to get them all in. There will be some interesting people within the industry who will be our guests in the future. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, have a listen below and check out the Facebook and Twitter links to get updates on who’s coming or just what exactly is happening at all.


Derek Cianfrance analyzes scenes from The Place Beyond The Pines


Here is a very interesting video conducted by Steve from Collider – and seems to be one of the first episodes of an ongoing series of filmmakers analyzing their own films; the choices they’ve made visually, or editorially and so on.


How John Schwartzman & Michael Bay met + update


Thought I’d share something slightly off-topic – and that’s how cinematographer John Schwartzman and director Michael Bay started out making films early in their career. As you’ll hear John call it himself, this is a reader’s digest version of it. I thought it was interesting, sort of shows how something that begins early on in a filmmaker’s life may develop into a full blown professional relationship later in life no different than Scorsese-Pesci-DeNiro collaborations or Spielberg and Hanks, or Nolan and Pfister.

How John Schwartzman and Michael Bay started out

P.S. I haven’t been cranking out much commentary material, but I can assure you it’s temporary. Also I have recorded the first ever episode of The Collective Podcast with the Über designer Ash Thorp with a self-taught filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns – which you will soon get to hear. You can see Anthony’s most recent work below.

Christopher Nolan on filmmaking – part I


Here is part one of two of an in depth discussion and breakdown of how Nolan has shot the remake of Insomnia. Quite illuminating; learn and enjoy. For those who do not know, Chris is a self-taught filmmaker. You can find out more about it here. Also check out the DGA interview conducted last year which is quite illuminating as well.


What benefits were there in being self-taught rather than going to film school?

A very organic approach to understanding all the different bits of the craft. I’m interested in every different bit of filmmaking because I had to do every bit of it myself—from sound recording and ADR to editing and music. I feel very lucky to be a member of probably the last generation who cut film on a Steenbeck flatbed, physically taping it together and dropping out shots. It gave me a really good grounding in knowing overall what has to go into a film technically that was very valuable. And it meant that absolutely everything I did was simply because I was passionate and wanted to try stuff. You’re never going to learn something as profoundly as when it’s purely out of curiosity.