Meg Shields

Based in the Pacific North West, Meg enjoys long scrambles on cliff faces and cozying up with a good piece of 1960s eurotrash. As a senior contributor at FSR, Meg's objective is to spread the good word about the best of sleaze, genre, and practical effects.
Sorcerer Bridge Scene

No Way Back: How They Shot the Bridge Scene in ‘Sorcerer’

By Meg Shields 

A perilous bridge traversal so nice they did it twice.

Black Narcissus movie

Something in the Air: The Dangerous Beauty of ‘Black Narcissus’

By Meg Shields 

Not with a bang, but with a wimple, as it were.

Persona Ingmar Bergman

Fade Into You: The Psychological Reckoning of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’

By Meg Shields 

‘Persona’ isn’t just a masterpiece. It’s a psychological breakthrough.

Anchorman Phone Booth

A Love Letter to the Movie Phone Booth

By Meg Shields 

Anyone have a quarter?

Film Noir Subgenres

The Beginner’s Guide to the Subgenres of Film Noir

By Meg Shields 

What’s black and white and full of subgenres?

The Queens Gambit Beltik

How ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Makes Chess Feel Thrilling

By Meg Shields 

Turns out you don’t need to know how chess works to care about chess.

Suspense Lois Weber

The Great (and Silent) History of Hollywood’s First Female Director

By Meg Shields 

Lois Weber was one of the most powerful filmmakers in Silent-era Hollywood and we should talk about it more.

Russian Ark long take

How They Shot ‘Russian Ark’ in One Take With No Hidden Cuts

By Meg Shields 

“In hindsight, it couldn’t have worked. But it did.” – producer Jens Meurer

Jurassic Park Cinematography and framing

‘Jurassic Park’ and the Narrative Power of Scale

By Meg Shields 

Sometimes size does matter.