Books on Film

Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Reading Guy Gallo’s guide to screenplays, Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North, I felt I needed a map around the literary fat. Gallo goes on overlong tangents where he tries to debunk the theories of Aristotle, dramaturgy teachers, and books before him. A lot of what he says in these passages—although sound and somewhat tied […]

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Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Barbara Freedman Doyle’s Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking is essential reading for a film student or anyone that wishes to make films for a living. No matter what concentration you had in school or what particular field you wish to enter in the film business, […]

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The Cabin In The Woods – The Official Movie Novelization and The Official Visual Companion

The Cabin In The Woods – The Official Movie Novelization and The Official Visual Companion

| April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Cabin In The Woods, the “official movie novelization,” is available now from Titan Books. I admit I have little interest in the film, even though I am a big Joss Whedon fan and a fan of horror. But something about this film did not pique my interest. I thought I would look inside the […]

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Film Noir: The Directors

Film Noir: The Directors

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

While every film genre strikes a chord, Film Noir is one that can strike very distinct images in one’s mind. To those familiar with it, it calls upon images of dark alleys, shadows, sexy femme fatales that give the Film Noir genre its flair. Film Noir: The Directors is a compilation of essays, biographies and […]

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Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

| January 25, 2012

I first came across Steve Stoliar’s Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House on a lonely day nearly six years ago. It had been gifted to me by a family member aware of my admiration for the bespectacled comic legend, and that familiar craving for a non-fiction book found its fix within these pages. Reading […]

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If You Like Monty Python…

If You Like Monty Python…

| January 24, 2012

One of the wonderful things about Limelight’s If You Like… series is that they’re exactly what they should be: they’re written with the enthusiasm of a friend recommendation, with the research instincts of a journalist. A.V. Club writer Zack Handlen is your friendly guide through the influences on and of Monty Python in the latest […]

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

CINEMATOGRAPHY

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

“A cinematographer has to design and write a story, starting at the beginning, through the evolution to the end. That’s why I consider my profession is as a writer of light,” shares Italian cinematographer and three-time Academy Award Winner, Vittorio Storaro, one of 16 voices lending their individual sage about their craft to Cinematography, a […]

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Editing

Editing

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anyone who thought editing was purely a technical or practical sort of job should be required to read Justin Chang’s new book, Editing. Never have I been so convinced of the detrimental role an editor plays in shaping a story. Emotion, intuition, perception, reaction – these are the key words used most often by the […]

The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film

The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film

| December 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

As having the privilege to having gone to film school, I know what it takes to make a short film. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot on 16mm film and shoot on digital formats and know the ups and downs of what it takes to try and attempt at telling a story in this format. […]

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Son of Harpo Speaks!

Son of Harpo Speaks!

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’ll start with a confession so it’s out in the open: I adore the Marx Brothers. And my adoration is not limited to the Marx Brothers of the silver screen. No, I am equally, if not more, infatuated with the Marx Brothers as people, the Marx Brothers that so many have written fondly about in […]

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