Ridley Scott on filmmaking – Part IV


The information doesn’t stop, does it? 😉 – more music (or information, whichever way you take it) for your ears, folks – from the great Sir Ridley Scott. The Master. Learn what Rid has to say about sound design, casting, Jan De Bont, operating, adjusting actors on set, rehearsing, media, his love for design and architecture, self respect, lighting, editing, and yeah – how can he not mention using smoke that Brit Git. 😛

Michael Cimino on filmmaking – part II


Michael Cimino continues to illuminate the craft of filmmaking. He talks about how he approaches violence, immersing himself in the culture of where the film takes place, what he thinks about storyboarding, shooting on water, working with non-actors and on. Learn from a self-taught master mentored by good ol’ Clint. And oh yeah, falling in love with filmmaking.

Michael Cimino on filmmaking


When I first listened to this commentary I knew right away there was something special here. I’m always a fan of filmmakers who do deeper commentaries and don’t just talk about how a shot has been achieved. Cimino is a great example of a director who talks deeper than what you see on screen. Here he provides the reasons of why he likes anamorphic, his favorite lenses, learning his craft from Clint Eastwood and others, as well as being able to “will it through”. Enjoy it.

Philip Baker Hall & PTA on filmmaking – part III


Both men break down the 15+ minute Motel scene in Sydney. Philip Baker Hall also talks about the differences and challenges between cinema and theater acting and directing.

Paul Thomas Anderson on filmmaking – part I


First part of a series of informative selections from PTA and Philip Baker Hall together. PTA is a known cinephile who comes from the same camp as Quentin Tarantino. A man who had immersed himself in studying cinema by watching a plethora of films and utilized the knowledge gathered from laserdisc commentaries in the late 80’s and early 90’s to learn filmmaking on his own. Of course not many people know he had a leg up in the industry as much as he likes to milk the “non-film school” card, but one can still admire the dedication of learning the craft by being a sponge, soaking up all kinds of filmmaking information.