This Fascinating Short Contrasts The First And Last Shots Of 55 Films

In just over five minutes, Jacob T. Swinney's film contrasts the opening and closing shots of 55 films, from The Tree of Life to The Usual Suspects. Some are quite abstract. But the number you will be able to ID (especially if you've watched a lot of indie/art-house movies in recent years) may surprise you. » 3/22/15 3:45pm 3/22/15 3:45pm

Your Evening Cry: I Am Big Bird Will Punch You Right in the Feelings

Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar, is finally getting his moment in the limelight with the documentary I Am Big Bird. The film is set to hit theaters on May 6th and what the fuck? What is happening to my face? Water. Water emerging from my eyes in an unstoppable waterfall of… » 3/12/15 7:50pm 3/12/15 7:50pm

New Doc About Victorian-Era Taxidermy Puts The "Aww" In "Macabre"

Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens is a short doc written and directed by Ronni Thomas, who's the filmmaker-in-residence at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. It explores the macabre yet oddly adorable work of Victorian England taxidermist Walter Potter. DO WANT. » 3/08/15 10:30am 3/08/15 10:30am

Lighting Can Completely Change How You See a Face

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Camera Experts Designed a New Kind of 360° Rig for Jupiter Ascending

Lovely though it is in person, Chicago can seem like a grim, grey place on film. So when the Wachowskis decided to film key moments of their new movie Jupiter Ascending there, they didn't just wait for the most beautiful light—they built a whole new type of camera to capture it. » 2/05/15 5:15pm 2/05/15 5:15pm

Two men have been arrested for uploading an copy of Expendables 3 to the Internet weeks before it was released. Rather than the usual civil suit and monetary penalties, London detectives in the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit arrested the men suspected of illegally getting the film from a cloud-based storage… » 11/26/14 4:30am 11/26/14 4:30am

Timeless Portraits Created On Obsolete Floppy Disks And Film

Floppy disks and film negatives get a second life as the canvases for British artist Nick Gentry's portraits. While his materials may consist of obsolete technology, the results are haunting and often curiously futuristic. » 11/04/14 3:00pm 11/04/14 3:00pm

Theatre owners are angry about Interstellar's 'Film first' initiative

Excited for Interstellar? A lot of people are - except a growing contingent of Theatre owners angry about Christopher Nolan's decision to have the awesome-looking sci-fi movie début early in Cinemas that can show it through analog projectors. » 10/05/14 1:00pm 10/05/14 1:00pm

"Blank Is My Middle Name" Is Over 100 Years Old

This trope has moved from being a badass boast to being a joke fairly recently, considering that it peaked in the 80s and can be traced to 1902. Esoteric is our other middle name. » 8/12/14 4:00am 8/12/14 4:00am

A Short Film About The Infinitely Various Paths Through Daily Life

A Truncated Story of Infinity is a short film, written and directed by Paul Trillo, that explores the endlessly ramifying possibilities that are born of the decisions (seemingly major or minor) and actions (conscious or otherwise) of our daily lives. » 8/02/14 5:00pm 8/02/14 5:00pm

Georgia WR Chris Conley Made A Star Wars Fan Film And It's Great

Georgia WR Chris Conley is an unabashed Star Wars geek. What started as a simple attempt to get some mock lightsaber battles going around campus eventually morphed into this: Retribution, a fan film with some ridiculously good production values. » 7/07/14 11:23am 7/07/14 11:23am

Home Is the First 3D Animated Film Starring A Black Character

Zak Cheney-Rice at Policy Mic puts it simply: "Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character." That's about to change with Home, a new DreamWorks Animation film hitting theaters in November. » 4/18/14 3:00pm 4/18/14 3:00pm

Infographic shows the most common problems in screenplays

Last year, a scriptreader read 300 scripts for 5 studios, all the while taking notes on the problems and trends he saw. The number 1 problem? The story started too late in the script. » 2/02/14 2:00pm 2/02/14 2:00pm

NYC Commuters are Suspended in Time in Stainless

Artist Adam Magyar uses sophisticated software and high-speed camera rigs of his own design to capture beautifully haunting slow-motion footage of commuters, trains and passengers inside NYC's Grand Central Terminal. » 1/12/14 10:00am 1/12/14 10:00am

Japan Reacts to the Godzilla Trailer

Finally! The world gets its first trailer for Hollywood's upcoming Godzilla film. What did you think? You might have an opinion. I might. Japan definitely does. » 12/11/13 7:00am 12/11/13 7:00am

Goofy Kaiju Flick is Sci-Fi Meets Hentai

Earth Defense Widow (地球防衛未亡人 or Chikyuu Bouei Miboujin) stars actress Mitsu Dan as a widowed member of an Earth defense force, out to save the world from deadly kaiju. If only they didn't turn her on. If only! » 12/09/13 7:00am 12/09/13 7:00am

The Most Ridiculous Mystical Pregnancies in Fiction

The magic pregnancy is a staple science fiction and fantasy fiction. Whether it's the impending birth of a savior, the coming of some form of Antichrist, or some kind of experiment, speculative fiction has been the home of a lot of ridiculous stories of pregnancy and birth. Here are the most absurd ones. » 10/13/13 10:00am 10/13/13 10:00am

Not One Single Woman Directed a Doctor Who Episode Last Year

In spite of all the criticism Hollywood has faced recently for its awful female-to-male director ratio, women are still being widely discriminated against in the film industry. Maybe, being a generally optimistic person, you might be inclined to think that things are a little more equal outside of the US. What about… » 7/07/13 1:30pm 7/07/13 1:30pm

The Real-Life Buildings Used to Sell Elysium's Luxurious Dystopia

Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s long-delayed futuristic Matt Damon vehicle, tells the story of a class war between the unwashed masses, who live on Earth, and the super wealthy, who live in an absurdly opulent community in the sky. And as it turns out, the super-luxe buildings of Elsyium's tomorrow actually exist right… » 5/07/13 2:47pm 5/07/13 2:47pm