The cinematography of Birdman Emmanuel Lubezki asc
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC “Chivo” is well known for his collaboration with directors who love long takes. Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, puts the viewer in the mind and point of view of an actor who is slowly losing his mind. The film reads like one intense single handheld take, that might remind you of sequences from Chivo’s previous films: Gravity, Children of Men, and Tree of Life.
cinematography  movies  acting  writing  film  filmmaking 
november 2014
18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing
It’s a familiar scene: you’re slumped over your keyboard or notebook, obsessing over your character. While we tend to agonize over everything from structure to backstory, it’s important to weigh how you write something too. A perfectly constructed world is flat on the page if you use feeble, common words. When you’re finished constructing your perfectly balanced world, do your writing a favor and take another pass to weed out these 18 haggard words.
writing  creative 
november 2014
What you should know about JavaScript regular expressions
Regular expressions in JavaScript may not always be intuitive. I aim to provide some clarity by providing examples about things I have found myself getting stuck on. This post covers a few topics including state in regular expressions, regular expression performance and various things that have tripped me up.
javascript  regex 
november 2014
Enduring CSS: writing style sheets for rapidly changing, long-lived projects
When architecting CSS for a large scale project it’s a common aim to abstract visual patterns for re-use, DRY out code and normalise our designs as much as possible. However, for rapidly changing projects, I’m no longer convinced those principles should necessarily be followed to the nth degree, nor that they offer the biggest wins.
css  design  architecture 
november 2014
Putting Thought Into Things
To get a good perspective on our clients and their users, we start our projects with research. We go mobile first because it naturally gives prioritization, and we want all the content first so we can design in the browser.
research  clients  projects  design 
november 2014
Reverse engineering my bank's security token
Some names have been changed or removed to protect the innocent. Disclaimer: this project‘s results do not allow me or anyone else to hack into bank accounts, or even replicate a client’s token without access to a rooted device with an active code generator. On the other hand, a malicious third party application with root privileges would have access to all the information required to generate codes, but would still need the account details (including a password) to fully compromise an account.
bank  reverseengineered  hack  android  sdk  token  randomreader 
january 2014
How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood
To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our own new-genre generator.
netflix  movies  genre 
january 2014
Target Display Mode: Frequently Asked Questions
Use an iMac as external display for a MacBook.
apple  macbook  imac 
december 2013
Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera
1984 documentary on the making of Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach".
Recorded on VHS in 1991
glass  philip  einstein  music  opera  classical  documentary 
november 2013
Coffee House London - Visual Identity
Branding and visual identity design is one of the most amazing areas of work for a designer. The variety of medias that the designer has to take into consideration and all the subtleties of each one require the designer to think holistically and systematically. In the end you have a consistent, efficient and of course beautiful result. To illustrate that we share with you the creative process behind Coffee House London, a visual identity designed by Reynolds and Reyner.
design  brand  identity 
november 2013
5 Ways To Use Feedback Effectively
This is often where writers come unstuck … ‘Cos they don’t know what to do even with GOOD notes. Sometimes it’s because there seems like too much choice; other times it’s because problems with a draft seem insurmountable, or life gets in the way. Sometimes all of the above – or something else. Ack. CUE WRITER EXPLOSION.
writing  rewriting  feedback 
october 2013
How Alfred Hitchcock hid 10 Edits in ROPE
ROPE (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock's murder/suspense film that showcases the killing in its second shot. ROPE is often described as the film with no edits or cuts.
On further examination...Hitchcock's gem actually contains 10 edits. Five of them are hidden as the camera lens is filled by foreground objects. The other five edits are regular hard cuts that not many people either realize or acknowledge. I've isolated all 10 edits in the video below so you can learn from the Master of Suspense on how to hide your edits without losing momentum in your story.
movies  cinematography 
october 2013
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