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

How Green Screen Worked Before Computers

Tom Scott's back, this time giving us a lesson about the history of green screen, and how you did it when all you had to work with was film or video. » 2/04/15 8:12pm 2/04/15 8:12pm

The Technical Tricks That Made Birdman Look So Perfect

There are many reasons why Birdman is so good. But one the ones that's harder to explain is the way the movie is shot and edited to look like a single long take. Variety talked to the film's digital colorist, Steve Scott, about how they achieve this effect. » 11/06/14 4:30am 11/06/14 4:30am

Steven Soderbergh Recut Raiders Of The Lost Ark As A Silent Film

Why on Earth did Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Traffic director Steven Soderbergh decide to turn the colorful pulp of Raiders of the Lost Ark into a silent black-and-white film? Because it turns out Raiders is still remarkably compelling stripped down and has a lot to teach us about filmmaking. » 9/23/14 11:30am 9/23/14 11:30am

Even More Screenwriting Tricks And Tropes That Need A Nice Long Rest

Yesterday, we brought you a list of screenwriting tricks and tropes we never need to see again. And afterwards, people tweeted some stuff that we're incredibly embarrassed we missed. Here are more overused gimmicks that really do need to go away. » 7/17/14 11:37am 7/17/14 11:37am

Syfy lets fans create a Saturday night schlockfest

Ever think that you could make a flick craptacular enough to light up the Syfy Channel? Starting Friday, they're letting online users collectively create a movie, from concept to the next Dinoshark. » 6/22/10 7:30am 6/22/10 7:30am

The Brutal Master Plan That Can Keep Your Dystopian Epic From Turning…

You have a brilliant script for a short science-fiction film that'll blow the doors right off of the internet. You've even managed to find enough people with the expertise to help you get this thing off the ground. Now what? » 2/03/10 1:30pm 2/03/10 1:30pm

Five Great Directors We Wish Would Do Science Fiction

There are world-class filmmakers who work in SF. One — James Cameron — might even win the first Oscar given to a scifi picture. But here are a handful others who could do amazing things in the genre. » 1/08/10 3:00pm 1/08/10 3:00pm

Century-Old Science Fiction Film Flies Us to a Handpainted Moon

If you are looking for an antidote to the pyrotechnics and computer generated effects of summer blockbusters, look no further than Segundo de Chomón's century-old films, which depict space travel using painstakingly handcrafted optical trickery. » 8/13/09 1:42pm 8/13/09 1:42pm

Can You Make A Science Fiction Film In Two Days?

If you're in the U.K. and have always wanted to make a scifi movie in two days with a bunch of your pals, it's time to test your fast-movie fu. Scifi film geekfest Sci-Fi London is launching its "48 Hour Film Challenge" on April 5th at the Apollo West End. Entrants will be given a randomly-generated film title, some… » 3/04/08 10:46am 3/04/08 10:46am

Five Fan Films (Almost) Better Than the Real Thing

The upcoming Michael Gondry comedy starring Jack Back and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind features no-budget recreations of films like Back to the Future, 2001: A Space Odyssey, RoboCop, and Ghostbusters. In fact, their RoboCop looks better than the original film did. Jack Black really nails Peter Weller's robo-monotone. That… » 12/06/07 2:30pm 12/06/07 2:30pm

Alternate Selves, Alternate Histories for Sundance's SciFi Offerings

The Sundance Film Festival enters its 27th year in January, and the organizers just announced the lineup of films for this year. They include only two vaguely science fictional films: The Broken and Timecrimes. This is part of a trend: Sundance tends to shun science fiction films in general, despite the fact that… » 12/03/07 3:30pm 12/03/07 3:30pm