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How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It) - The Talkhouse
Eric Heisserer shares some notes on the adaptation of Story of Your Life into Arrival. Some good notes on adaptation (and: a clarification of why it was such a successful one) in here.
cinema  film  writing  process  ericheisserer  tedchiang  arrival  storyofyourlife 
november 2016 by infovore
↪ The “whoa” business model
"I wonder if there’s a business to be gotten into where one shows movies the way everyone wants to see them: just the movies, from the very first second you start watching. It’s a naive thought; I understand that. But I can’t forget that when those lights went down, when that screen went up, and when that twangy riff kicked in, there were audible gasps and cheers in the audience, and someone behind me yelled out “whoa, awesome!” I want to believe that there’s a business to be gotten into that capitalizes on “whoa, awesome”."
business  film  cinema 
january 2013 by infovore
A Proper "Alien" Resurrection on Notebook | MUBI
"Alien is a great example of the importance of seeing movies on big screen.  For any director reliant on frequent long-takes, compositions naturally become less didactic: greater scope in field-of-vision grants greater freedom to the explorative viewer’s eye.  For a filmmaker like Scott, compositions are so enlarged that it is as if the audience is looking at the film through a microscope." Cracking article on Alien over at MUBI.
cinema  film  movies  ridleyscott  productiondesign  alien  sets 
december 2011 by infovore
The Nile, just south of San Francisco « Snarkmarket
"It’s an old “Paramount Studio map of California’s geographical facsimiles”—that is, places that can stand in for other places.

Siberia! Switzerland! Africa! What a state!"
maps  geography  film  cinema  location  psychogeography 
may 2010 by infovore
H. G. Wells on "Metropolis" (1927)
"I suppose there are multitudes of people to be 'drawn' by promising to show them what the city of a hundred years hence will be like. It was, I thought, an unresponsive audience, and I heard no comments. I could not tell from their bearing whether they believed that Metropolis was really a possible forecast or no. I do not know whether they thought that the film was hopelessly silly or the future of mankind hopelessly silly. But it must have been one thing or the other." He did not like it too much.
writing  hgwells  cinema  history  metropolis  sciencefiction  scientificromance  review 
january 2010 by infovore
In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek
"Corridors make science-fiction believable, because they're so utilitarian by nature - really they're just a conduit to get from one (often overblown) set to another. So if any thought or love is put into one, if the production designer is smart enough to realise that corridors are the foundation on which larger sets are 'sold' to viewers, movie magic is close at hand."
productiondesign  architecture  film  cinema  movies  scifi  sciencefiction  corridors 
september 2009 by infovore
io9 - Michael Bay Finally Made An Art Movie - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
"So, to sum up: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema, if not the greatest. You could easily argue that cinema, as an artform, has all been leading up to this. It will destabilize your limbic system, probably forever, and make you doubt the solidity of your surroundings. Generations of auteurs have struggled, in vain, to create a cinematic experience as overwhelming, and as liberating, as ROTF." This review is, essentially, amazing, and has elevated ROTF to a must-see for me.
review  io9  scifi  transformers  michaelbay  movies  cinema  film  art  awesome 
june 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Put away your popcorn
"...when we step into the shoes of that avatar, be it 1st-person, 3rd-person or otherwise, we exit the darkened movie theater paradigm and enter an intricate, performative, exploratory lab of untested ideas and speculation. We enter a playful space that feels and responds much more like a live theater rehearsal than an interactive movie or a triggered series of movie clips." Michael debunks the games-as-cinema analogy with an interesting take that considers them as more like theatre rehearsal.
games  michaelabbott  analogy  cinema  theatre  rehearsal  stage 
february 2009 by infovore
'The best perk in the White House' | Film | The Guardian
Lovely article about the White House cinema, the first occupant of which was Eisenhower. I came upon this post-"If Gamers Ran The World" if only to find out who the first film-literate (ie: willing to have it inside the White House) president was. The article is a gem.
america  politics  cinema  film  twentiethcentury 
december 2008 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: The genius blind spot
"I'm not terribly interested in proving Kojima a genius, but I believe we can accurately call him an auteur, and it's this aspect of his nature as an artist that has me thinking about D.W. Griffith and some interesting parallels between the two."
dwgriffith  cinema  theatre  games  narrative  storytelling  metalgearsolid  mgs4  hideokojima  auteur 
july 2008 by infovore
filmli.st
"Film showings from London's independent cinemas for the coming week." A bit like Tourfilter for movies. Roland's pet project, running on Sinatra/Thin/nginx (erk!). Looking forward to see it grow.
film  listings  london  cinema  independent  scraping  mashup  ruby 
june 2008 by infovore

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