The Queue

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Phantom Lady

‘Phantom Lady,’ ‘Sorry, Wrong Number,’ and the Dolly-In Recognition Shot


Be they sinister, or joyous, a dolly-in is a powerful tool.

Tangerine digital cinema

‘Tangerine,’ Realism, and the Double Logic of Digital Cinema


Does digital cinema mean green screens and fully-CGI characters? Or realistic shaky-cam and more accessible filmmaking? (The answer is yes, and yes).

Succession Dinner Scene

The Camera of ‘Succession’ Wants a Seat at the Table


The camerawork in ‘Succesion’ would be deemed “imperfect” in other contexts. Here’s why it serves the show’s narrative without you even knowing it.

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DP Rodrigo Prieto on the Creative Thrust of “Subjective Cinematography”


If the camera has a perspective, it’s worth asking whose perspective it belongs to.

Sound Design Bird Call: On Golden Pond Loons

Loony Tunes: A Look At Hollywood’s Favorite Movie Bird Call


Sometimes capturing an eery vibe is more important than accurate migratory patterns.

Succession Rap Music

Unpacking “L to the OG”: How ‘Succession’ Weaponizes Music


“Handmade suits, raking in loot/Five-star general, y’all best salute.”

Equilibrium gun fu

The Birth and the Rise of Gun-Fu


Does punching your gun forward make the bullet hit harder? Who cares, it looks cool.


Consider the Screenshot: Image-Capture and Our Relationship to Movies


Admit it: we all have a folder on our desktop containing a mountain of screengrabs.

North By Northwest Alfred HItchcock James Bond Cary Grant

‘North by Northwest’ is Basically a James Bond Movie as Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


“My name is Thornhill. Roger Thornhill! It’s never been anything else!”