From VHS to VFX, a Career Is Born

June 7, 2017

It all started when I was four years old. I was being forced against my will to eat the most vile of all beans, the dreaded lima. In protest, I made a film starring my cabbage patch dolls to illustrate the grossness of the bean. Okay, you might ask, how does a four-year-old make a movie? With her father as camera operator, of course! I lined up the dolls, instructed my dad to set up our trusty VHS camera, and told him to start rolling. […]

12 Anti-Authoritarian Men

June 7, 2017

MGM’s The Dirty Dozen, directed by Robert Aldrich, had its world premiere at Loew’s Capitol Theatre on Broadway in New York City 50 years ago, on June 15, 1967. Based on the novel by E.M. Nathanson, it depicts 12 court-martialed American soldiers sentenced to death or long-term prison sentences. […]

The Dark Origins of ‘Right to Work’

June 7, 2017

Controversial congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) surprised many by stating racist, white nationalist views, tweeting, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” […]

A Cutting Room Colloquy

June 7, 2017

Steve Hullfish knows how to talk with editors. In addition to writing five previous books (all published by Focal Press), including The Art and Technology of Digital Color Correction and Avid Uncut, he has extensive post-production credits in both television and film. […]

Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

February 15, 2017

In 1988, I was an ill-adjusted Polish kid who moved with his mother and our two dogs to a rough Boston neighborhood — Dorchester. My English was OK. A year later, I saw my favorite movie, and although I don’t remember every detail of that day, I do remember it changed my life. […]

Wendy Greene Bricmont on ‘Annie Hall’

February 15, 2017

In the countless comedies he has written, directed and starred in during his 50-year career, Woody Allen comes across as a chatterbox. His on-screen persona is forever opining, grousing or whining about one thing or another. […]

Sound Judgment

February 15, 2017

As the Motion Picture Editors Guild enters its 80th anniversary year, it’s important to recognize that 2017 also marks the 90th anniversary of the commercial ascendance of motion pictures with synchronized sound, which were called “talkies.” […]

Murder Is His Business

February 15, 2017

Seventy years ago, on April 11, 1947, Charles Chaplin — one of the central figures of world cinema and as influential to the art of moviemaking as to the establishment of the Hollywood film industry — premiered his latest film, Monsieur Verdoux (subtitled A Comedy of Murders) at the Broadway Theatre in New York City and at the Academy Award Theatre in Los Angeles. […]

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