Hollywood has changed drastically over the last ten years, mostly thanks to the forward-thinking of Netflix. But what’s going to happen in the next ten years?
Over the last decade, Hollywood seems to have gotten smaller. As Disney absorbs everything under the sun, and smaller studios fold, one company has risen above the rest, and fundamentally changed the way we watch movies and television.
It’s wild to think a movie like Men in Black, that spawned a franchise could still claim it has made no money. But creative accounting has rendered it so.
Movie accounting is famously fickle and shady. When your agent or lawyer negotiates for the back end of a movie, there’s little chance you’ll ever see it even if that movie is a massive hit. The reason is that accounts use lots of convenient math to make it look like their films are not a hit.
Learn how Cathy Yan pitched her way into the director’s chair for one of the most anticipated DC Comics films of 2020.
After lukewarm critical reviews but a box office bonanza, Suicide Squad had a lot of figuring out to do. But one thing everyone loved from the film was Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn. She was fun, crazy, and unpredictable. It felt like the role she was born to play.
The “Cool Girl” is a trope we’ve seen overused, subverted, and lampooned. Let’s do a deep dive together.
Sometimes when you’re writing a new screenplay or pilot, you want to develop a character you think takes on the normal tropes or stereotypes. But sometimes that trope subversion is actually the new trope.
Yeah, I know, it’s a brain twister. But stick with me.
Andrew Wyeth’s paintings have inspired some of the most famous directors of all time. So, what about his work applies so easily to filmmaking?
I grew up on the border of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. A few times a year, we’d go to the Brandywine River Museum and feast our eyes on the works of the Wyeth family. To say that Andrew Wyeth’s work had a hand in raising me feels like an understatement.
Plot twists are our favorite part of going to the movies. They keep us on our toes and excite audiences. But why does that psychologically happen?
It feels weird to say, but this post contains massive spoilers. Well, kind of.
Think about the first movie you ever saw that blew you away. Chances are, there was a plot twist at the center of it. I can remember being in 6th grade and everyone on the recess yard crowding around to talk about The Sixth Sense.
Todd Phillips is enjoying being at the top of a smoldering Gotham City after Joker set insane box office records. But his director’s commentary proved there are still big reveals contained within the film’s narrative.
The narrative behind the Joker was pretty insane. It was a hugely hyped film that people were genuinely afraid to see in theaters and whose plot people questioned as being morally reprehensible.
JJ Abrams responds to those critical of the new Star Wars franchise by agreeing with them. We did not see that coming.
Star Wars fans have a lot to say and a lot of opinions. The franchise has been around since 1977. Over those four decades, billions of people have come aboard as fervent worshippers at the altar of the Jedi.
So with every new Star Wars release, you have to expect an outpouring of divisive comments.
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We all know Quentin Tarantino is one of the most meta directors of all time. But is Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood his most meta film to date?
It’s easy to pick a Quentin Tarantino film out of a lineup.
Like many auteurs, the films he works on have a certain air about them that sets them apart from the things released in any given year. There’s a cadence to the dialogue, editing, and the way the camera moves.
Without a great pitch, no one will know how great your story is. Here are some tips from Passion River’s Head of Acquisitions Mat Levy on how to pitch like a pro.
Having a great idea in your head is one thing, communicating it properly is another…and persuading someone that it’s a viable concept is the real challenge. Chances are, you’ve already fumbled a pitch or two—whether to an actual production exec or to a confidante over coffee. It’s hard to sell people on an idea without a fundamental plan.
Disney is clearly having a great year, but is it as great for the rest of us?
Disney has eight of the top ten movies of 2019 and captured 80% of the box office this year. This unprecedented dominance is striking and unusual, but it marks a shift in high powered, conglomerate filmmaking that could be the future of cinema.
Worldbuilding is the single most important task in writing. So how can you do it within your screenplay without feeling expository or over the top?
The best screenplays in the world completely absorb you into the story.
You get so deep into what’s happening on the page (or on the screen) that you forget that there was a person or group of people working in a room to make that story special. To create evocative reactions to your work, you need to be an expert at worldbuilding.
Holiday movies can feel generic and boring, but It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the rare instances where the story stands alone as a great film too. Learn why!
If you’re a fan of film history, you probably know that when It’s a Wonderful Life came out it was a flop. The movie didn’t find its audience until it was played over and over again when the copyright ran out.
And since that time, it has been a perennial favorite in homes across America.
Through production design, sound, and picture editing, we learn how these filmmakers pulled off the visual feast behind 1917.
[Note: This article does contain mild spoilers.]
There was a moment while filming Sam Mendes’ 1917 where, in the middle of a three-hour horizontal rainstorm, production designer Dennis Gassner (Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049) looked over to the director and asked him what he was thinking.
The renowned cinematographer and the film’s colorist detail how they achieved the unique aesthetic behind the Safdie brother’s latest.
[Note: This article does contain mild spoilers.]
There’s a sequence in Uncut Gems, a Safdie brother’s film starring Adam Sandler as a gambling-addicted New York jewelry store owner named Howard Ratner, that acts as a quintessential teaching moment in how to block the familiar differently.