The Queue

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Jurassic Park Cinematography and framing

‘Jurassic Park’ and the Narrative Power of Scale

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Sometimes size does matter.

Dead Ringers

To Split-Screens and Beyond: The Art of Creating Doubles

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A look at one of the most common visual effects in all of cinema: duplicating a human being and having the two interact.

Stagecoach what is a western

What is a Western, Anyway?

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The Western is dead, long live the Western.

Cleopatra Theda Bara William Fox Studios

From Talkies to Light Corruption: The Rise and Fall of Fox Studios

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Cue the fanfare.

Roy Scheider in Jaws

‘Jaws’ and Genre: The Horror of an Unseen Threat

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We’re not here to argue genre semantics. We’re here to talk about why ‘Jaws’ is so horrifying.

Roger Deakins film lighting Blade Runner

The Roger Deakins Guide to Film Lighting

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Lights, Camera, Deakins!

Toy Story sound design Buzz Jump

The Sound Design of ‘Toy Story’ is All About Balance

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Listen up: when you’re building a world from the perspective of toys, sound design is critical.

Midsommar Smile Final Girl trope

Clever Girls: The Evolution of the Final Girl Trope

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It ain’t over till it’s over.

B Movie Monsters The Giant Behemoth

An Ode to B-Level B-Movie Monsters

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Look, we can’t all be Frankenstein and maybe that’s okay.