Filmmaking

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X Rating

The Brief and Scandalous History of the X Rating

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What was its purpose and why was it so infamous? Let’s sneak a peek, shall we?

Gravity sound design

‘Gravity’ and the Line Between Realistic and Believable Sound Design

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In sound cinema, the impression of silence is rarely…well, silent. Here’s a look at ‘Gravity’ to explain why.

Skyfall Movie Credits

The Beginner’s Guide to Deciphering Movie Credits

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Here’s your one-stop beginner’s guide to deciphering the meaning, placement, and purpose of movie credits.

Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino Car Scenes

How Quentin Tarantino Shoots a Car Scene

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Buckle up. Here’s a video essay on a type of scene that’s easily taken for granted.

The Matrix Slow Motion

How the Special Effect of Slow Motion Works

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Here’s a breakdown of how slow motion went from a technological hurdle to an aesthetic choice.

In The Mood For Love World of Wong Kar Wai

How Camera Lenses Affect How We Identify with Characters

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Here’s a video essay that looks at the suggestive, subtle psychological qualities of camera lenses.

Mad Max Movie Two Colors

Why Most Movies are Shot with Two Dominant Colors

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Remember the orange and teal plague of the 2010s? Good times.

Lord of the Rings Sound Design

The Sound Design of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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Turns out understanding how they designed the screams of the Nazg├╗l only makes them creepier.

Jaws Dolly Zoom

How Does the Dolly Zoom Work?

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Here’s how cinematographers accomplish the disorienting trick also known as “the ‘Vertigo’ effect.”