David Fincher on film marketing


The ever raw and honest David Fincher along with Brad Pitt discuss film marketing (circa 2000) and the issues that come with it. Fincher in particular gives his raw and honest thoughts on what he thinks the marketers themselves believe they are doing once a film enters that phase of promotion. Hear it all below.

Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries – Part II


In part two of this awesome, and informative selection of comments from cinema vérité filmmakers – Charlotte Zwerin takes center stage to talk about certain philosophies and editing.

Shot Breakdown 005: MANHATTAN (1979)


The beautiful black & white cinematography of Manhattan by Gordon Willis is also a testament to storytelling being done with simplicity. There are quite a bit of long takes and single setups which cover pages of dialogue with effectiveness which is rarely found in modern day cinema.





Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin on Cinéma vérité documentaries

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The Maysles brothers were huge proponents of Cinéma vérité documentary filmmaking. Some of their most critically acclaimed documentaries are Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens. As a piece of trivia, in preparation for last year’s film Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik would watch Salesman. Below you will hear both Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin – close collaborator on other documentaries and editor – talk about one of such cinema verite offerings, and dissect the specifics of shooting and editing such a piece.

Frank Darabont on filmmaking – Part I


The man behind the camera of the classic Shawshank Redemption illuminates us noobs on the craft of filmmaking. In the first part he talks about such topics as directing, narration, sound design, set design, camera technique amongst other topics which escape me as of this moment. Oh, and did you ever wonder about who Allen Greene was and why Darabont dedicated Shawshank Redemption to him? Listen below and find out.

Francis Ford Coppola on filmmaking


The first of many other selections to come from Francis Ford Coppola which concerns filmmaking. He talks about his concept on filmmaking, constructing a scene out of elements, costumes being a focal point, critics, having a take on a subject matter.

Hear it all below.

Ridley Scott on filmmaking (rare) – Part II


In the second part of this rare track, Ridley brings you the goods one more time on filming inside cars, Washington, D.C., differences between anamorphic widescreen and Super 35, continuity logistics, working with cameramen, having a vision, editing process, directing process, rehearsal with actors.

If you missed it, watch Part I below

Ridley Scott on filmmaking (rare) – Part I


A rare commentary track from Ridley Scott in which the man gives his usual in depth and informative discussion on the craft of filmmaking. He covers such topics as casting, directing, camera operating, editing. I’m never disappointed in his tracks as they’re filled with quite a bit of information you’d always like to hear about if you’re making films yourself or are involved in any aspect of the craft.

Martin Scorsese on filmmaking philosophy


This isn’t the first time a filmmaker related film to a “composed film” as well as formulating how you see the world into a style of filming.

pudovkinPudovkin was one of the first known filmmakers who had expressed that idea in his book Film Technique

Consider the passage

“The lens of the camera replaces the eye of the observer, and the changes of angle of the camera—directed now on one person, now on another, now on one detail, now on another — must be subject to the same conditions as those of the eyes of the observer.”

Now listen to John McTiernan express the same sentiments in this excerpt. Composing a film or a scene like music, applying how eyes see / move about into a design of camera movements. Skip over to 6 Minutes 47 Seconds