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Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes

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If you want to make a short at Pixar, the studio offers a special program where resident artists — those who work anywhere in the company — have the chance to pitch three ideas to a panel of directors. But “Piper” skipped that step entirely, in part because it grew out of an experiment Alan Barillaro was conducting in his spare time. “In computer animation, the tools aren’t done yet. At Pixar, we’re constantly asking, ‘What’s the best way an artist can express themselves?’ and I take that pretty seriously, so there’s this whole laundry list I have in my …
Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia is already one of the most successful films of the year. The film has raked in over US$786 million worldwide and it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t gone to see it yet, you’re missing out on one of Disney’s best animated films. Personally, I even think it’s better than Frozen, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6. If you’ve already seen Zootopia, then you might want to check out a fantastic 45-minute documentary that takes you behind the scenes, showing how the movie evolved during …
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You might not think of this man when you hear Stanley Kubrick’s name. Here’s why you should. For all his legendary autocratic tendencies, Stanley Kubrick was not averse to collaboration. Kubrick collaborated with John Alcott, BSC to produce four masterpieces of cinematography. In Alcott, Kubrick found a master of light; a photographer as versatile as the director with whom we worked. Their films — 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and The Shining — are all singular achievements, yet they are united by their fierce originality. Alcott’s all-too-short career began while working under legendary D.P. Geoffrey Unsworth …
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After his third straight win at the Oscars, it’s pretty safe to say that Emmanuel Lubezki is one cinematographer that has become a master at his craft. His work in The Revenant has been the topic of conversation for months (especially after winning an Oscar for it last night), and before that, and the brilliant “seemless” camerawork in Birdman. But what exactly distinguishes Lubezki’s cinematography from other DPs? One interesting thing about Lubezki’s approach to cinematography is that even though he certainly has his own distinctive style, he has shown that he can produce images that directors want. In other …
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With Oscar season in full swing now, there’s been as much conversation about the making of The Revenant as the actual content of the film. That’s certainly not by accident. Whether or not one believes it deserves accolades, it certainly has built its own mythic reputation. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been consistently stubborn about discussing anything in interviews for fear of spoiling any of the resplendent imagery, even as reporters have continually nagged with questions about the infamous bear attack or makeshift horse sleeping bag. But the latest expansive documentary, Eliot Rausch‘s A World Unseen, goes a long way …
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Four words: Zero. Gravity. Music. Video. The alt rock band OK Go is known for their unusual music videos, like the one in which they performed a choreographed dance on treadmills, but the one for their latest single “Upside Down & Inside Out” really takes the cake — mostly because it was filmed during a parabolic flight with Russian airliner S7 Airlines — that means zero-g, people! A few behind-the-scenes materials have made their way onto the internet, including a blog post from travel blogger Alex Cheban (which is in Russian, so you might want to click that translate button …