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.
Wes Anderson Prada Short

The Cinematic Grammar of Wes Anderson’s ‘Castello Cavalcanti’

By Meg Shields 

Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. And of course by actions we mean camera pans.

From The Drain

From the Drain to the Screen: How David Cronenberg Made Underground Film Accessible

By Meg Shields 

What do two men sitting in a bathtub and the politics of Canadian film distribution have in common?

Hot Dog

Why Long Takes Excel at Capturing Confrontation

By Meg Shields 

Because nothing captures spiraling decision-making quite like a oner.

The Stuff

Addictive, Destructive, Delicious: How To Sell a Movie Like ‘The Stuff’

By Meg Shields 

How do you sell an anti-capitalist eco-horror about evil yogurt? With a totally straight face of course.

The Abyss

How James Cameron Recorded Dialogue Underwater for ‘The Abyss’

By Meg Shields 

Well, it wasn’t easy. But it’s James Cameron so what’d you expect?

Ouatih Driving

Out of Time: Lessons in Editing From Cliff Booth’s Drive Home

By Meg Shields 

Or: how to get to the Valley from Beverly Hills in under three minutes.


Revisiting The Marketing Quandary of ‘Dune’

By Meg Shields 

Let’s revisit the spicy original trailer for David Lynch’s 1984 disasterpiece.

How Does Animation Work?

Frames in Motion: A Beginner’s Guide To How Animation Works

By Meg Shields 

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how animation works, in under three minutes.

The Thing Chest Effect

Puppets, Prosthetics, and Bubblegum: How They Did The Chest Chomp Scene in ‘The Thing’

By Meg Shields 

In our latest “How’d They Do That?” column, we break down the making of a famous scene from John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.’