Steven Soderbergh on filmmaking – Part VI and VII

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Part VI – On process, editing.

Part VII – Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien join Steven Soderbergh in a discussion on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. Discussions include on cutting the footage up to camera, exposition, ideas, improvisation, seeing effort in shot designs, subjective versus objective directing, and structuring sequences without shot repetition.


EDIT: In light of a comment made in the video below about me not posting titles or as little information about the given selection as possible – may I remind everyone that I do not do that. Period. I have mentioned before the reasons why, and I have written it in the “About” page how I go about these selects.

Here it is again.

I post only the most valuable excerpts of commentary information from various films. Mainly the selects that I choose are theoretical in nature – that is, it is irrelevant what film they’re from as they are not screen specific. I mull over these bits quite a bit to make sure they can be understood on their own. Do not ask me for a TITLE whenever I post these commentaries. If you are so curious, why not and watch the director’s entire films with the commentaries on like I do? I provide a service for those who want to learn, on my own free time. On this blog I will compile best bits on cinematic language. This is less of a technical blog as it is a theoretical, analytical, and philosophical space for young filmmakers or just cinephiles who want to grasp the language of cinema.

 



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.



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.




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.