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  • Anyone for revolution?

    Anyone for revolution?

    January 21, 2013, 9:41 am
    Whatever happened to the DSLR Spring? ? 1960: a film called Breathless was released that revolutionised cinema. It was shot on 16mm film, a technology previously only used for newsreels.  The French New Wave that followed inspired the counter-culture movies of the next decade, and left a mark still visible in the films we make...

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    • Brando recognition
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      Brando recognition

      December 13, 2017, 12:51 pm
      When is a good actor not a good actor?   A weird thing sometimes happens when two or more people sit down in a cutting room and look through takes. They will agree on which take has the smoothest camera move or focus pull, there’ll be little disagreement about whether the shoot looks better with … Continue reading →

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    • The Hateful One
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      The Hateful One

      October 20, 2017, 5:28 am
      How Did Harvey Happen? It should go without saying that I deplore those incidents of abuse against women that Harvey Weinstein’s admitted to, and those of which he’s been accused, but it’s gone without saying by too many people for too long, so I feel the need to add my voice. What does it say … Continue reading →

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    • The Invisible Art of Editing?
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      The Invisible Art of Editing?

      October 17, 2017, 10:22 am
      Invisible vs. high-profile editing   I started in the cutting room at an exciting time for editing. The high-octane style popularised by music videos shown on MTV and made possible by editing on computer rather than on celluloid, was starting to filter through to feature films. In some cases it led to the sort of … Continue reading →

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    • The Root of Rootability
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      The Root of Rootability

      May 16, 2017, 9:32 am
      How to Make your Protagonist Engaging I don’t think I’m the only screenwriter to be frustrated when I’m given the note “Couldn’t the main character be… just a bit more likeable?” My frustration comes partly from the fact that a lot of my protagonists are intentionally not conventionally likeable, and partly from the note having … Continue reading →

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    • What a Feature Film Editor Does
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      What a Feature Film Editor Does

      June 8, 2016, 4:28 am
      Apart From, y’know, Edit  ☛ I’ve written much in the past about the art and craft of narrative editing, so I thought I’d focus for a change on the parts of the job that aren’t putting shots together. What follows applies specifically to drama feature film editors. I’m also assuming that the feature film editor … Continue reading →

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    • Inspiring Belief
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      Inspiring Belief

      August 4, 2015, 8:07 am
      An Editor’s Guide to Working with a Director ☛ Last time I wrote about how directors should approach working with an editor, this time the shoe is on the other foot. A lot is written online about how editors should work with their editing software – hints and tips. Books on editing have much to … Continue reading →

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    • The Way of the Scissor People
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      The Way of the Scissor People

      July 14, 2015, 5:38 am
      How to Work with an Editor ☛ I wrote some time back encouraging directors to work with editors, rather than cutting their own material. My colleagues in the cutting room report that they are working with an increasing number of the directors who are using an editor for the first time. Many of those directors … Continue reading →

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    • Film Themes
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      Film Themes

      June 2, 2015, 9:24 am
      The importance of theme ☛ I wrote a piece a little time back about the essential elements of any cinematic story, where I claimed that one of the basic building blocks is ‘theme’. At the time discussion of theme got drowned out by arguments about act structure, but I think that there’s more to say … Continue reading →

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    • Credits Where They’re Due
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      Credits Where They’re Due

      January 29, 2015, 5:50 am
      Editing tips # 2: Preparing a title sequence   Much has been written on the art of the title sequence, and I plan to cover it myself at some time, but first I thought it might be useful to provide a more practical guide to designing a title sequence. As the assistant editor on features, … Continue reading →

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    • Looking After the Little Fella
      EDITING

      Looking After the Little Fella

      December 31, 2014, 7:30 am
      A guide to writing walk-on roles for the screen

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