It Took Netflix 10 Years to Change Hollywood


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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.



That company is Netflix.



Yeah, the place that started as Blockbuster’s main competition has forged its path and become one of the most Continue reading “It Took Netflix 10 Years to Change Hollywood”

Somehow, 1997’s ‘Men in Black’ is Still in the Red


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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.



This allows studios to avoid Continue reading “Somehow, 1997’s ‘Men in Black’ is Still in the Red”

Rose Tico’s Screentime Cut by 90% in ‘Rise of Skywalker’


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The Last Jedi introduced audiences to Rose Tico, a gentle soul who valued love over everything else. The Rise of Skywalker only put her on-screen for a little over one minute. Why?


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Star Wars movies come with opinions.



It’s incredible to think about what an impact movies like these have on popular culture. One of the most talked-about roles in The Last Jedi was Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico. Rose’s sister dies in the opening of the film, and Continue reading “Rose Tico’s Screentime Cut by 90% in ‘Rise of Skywalker’”

How the ‘Birds of Prey’ Director Pitched Her Way into the DC Universe


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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.



So when Robbie’s character got her spinoff movie, she and the other producers of the project knew they’d need Continue reading “How the ‘Birds of Prey’ Director Pitched Her Way into the DC Universe”

The ‘Cool Girl’ Trope: Real Life Fantasy, Screenwriting Nightmare


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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.



Today I want to talk about cool girls.



No, I’m not talking about your mother.



I’m Continue reading “The ‘Cool Girl’ Trope: Real Life Fantasy, Screenwriting Nightmare”

What Can Filmmakers Learn from the Way Andrew Wyeth Paints?


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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.



Every field I walked through and every hill I climbed felt like it had been captured in time Continue reading “What Can Filmmakers Learn from the Way Andrew Wyeth Paints?”

The Psychology of Surprise Endings


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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.



Everyone was Continue reading “The Psychology of Surprise Endings”

The ‘Joker’ Director Commentary Gives Big Reveal


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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.



With all that free press and word of mouth, it’s no wonder that it became one of the highest-grossing films of the year and Continue reading “The ‘Joker’ Director Commentary Gives Big Reveal”

JJ Abrams Tells Star Wars Critics They’re Right


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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.



It probably started with Empire’s bleak ending, then anger at Continue reading “JJ Abrams Tells Star Wars Critics They’re Right”

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Is ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’ Tarantino at His Most Meta?


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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.



One of the most direct things about Continue reading “Is ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’ Tarantino at His Most Meta?”

How ‘A Hidden Life’ DP Shot Malick’s First Digital Film With Mostly Natural Light


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The cinematography of Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, by Jörg Widmer, does the heavy lifting in communicating the film’s ideas.


If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?



That’s the rhetorical maxim that Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life explores. In this case, the tree that falls is Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer whose piety and morals were put to the ultimate test when his country was annexed during World War II. When Jägerstätter—a real person, who lived from 1907 to 1943—was drafted into wartime military service Continue reading “How ‘A Hidden Life’ DP Shot Malick’s First Digital Film With Mostly Natural Light”

12 Steps for Pitching Your Story Right Down the Middle


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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.



That’s Continue reading “12 Steps for Pitching Your Story Right Down the Middle”

How the ‘Uncut Gems’ Opening Went Deep Into Adam Sandler’s Colon


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Uncut Gems takes us into an opal, through the universe, and finally out through Adam Sandler’s bowels. How? Why? Only one man can really tell us.


When you think about Uncut Gems you might not think VFX. Yet there were a few critical effects shots and sequences in the finished product that made the film that much more exciting to see.



Having time to chat extensively with VFX supervisor Eran Dinur about them gave us not only tons of insight into his process, but also into the making of the film Continue reading “How the ‘Uncut Gems’ Opening Went Deep Into Adam Sandler’s Colon”

Disney is Responsible for 80% of the 2019 Box Office


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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.



The year was dominated by Avengers: Endgame, but outside of that Disney also put forward Lion King, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Continue reading “Disney is Responsible for 80% of the 2019 Box Office”

Worldbuilding: A Guide for Film and TV Screenwriting (Free Template)


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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.



Continue reading “Worldbuilding: A Guide for Film and TV Screenwriting (Free Template)”

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Top Gun 2’


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We’ve been waiting over 30 years for Top Gun 2: Maverick. Now go behind the scenes with the director and cast to see what it’s like shooting at mach 3.


It’s been 34 years since Tom Cruise flew as Maverick in the groundbreaking Tony Scott film. Now he’s back in the air for one of the most stunning aviation feature films ever created.



The absence of Tony Scott has forced the movie to bring in Joseph Kosinski, who worked with Cruise on Oblivion.



Together, along with producer Continue reading “Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Top Gun 2’”

Read and Learn from the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Screenplay


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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.



This Frank Continue reading “Read and Learn from the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Screenplay”

Untold Insights Into the Making of ‘1917’ From its Key Collaborators


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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.



His reply, “You know, I kind of like this.”



1917 is a World War I Continue reading “Untold Insights Into the Making of ‘1917’ From its Key Collaborators”

Darius Khondji Was Forced To Shoot ‘Uncut Gems’ in New Ways and He Loved It


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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.



The scene has Howard rushing out of a nightclub arguing with his girlfriend Julia (Julia Fox) where singer The Weeknd has Continue reading “Darius Khondji Was Forced To Shoot ‘Uncut Gems’ in New Ways and He Loved It”