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Ep 62: “Free Solo”
We trek through the documentary “Free Solo” and discuss: Lens compression and how it affects the story; love and climbing; we interview Aicacia, a badass rock climber; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “You come to a point in your life when you really don’t care what people think about you, you just […]
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Ep 61: “The Martian”
We explore the Ridley Scott space film “The Martian” and discuss: performances; cinematography; story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well […]
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Ep 60: “Drive” (2011)
We roll through Nicolas Winding Refn’s crime drama “Drive” and discuss: cinematography; colors and allegory of “Drive”; performances; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.“ – Buddha Notes & References:   This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 59: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
We jam out with the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and discuss: the score; Queen; Wes goes off the grid using research instead of notes; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “When I’m dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.“ – Freddie Mercury Notes & References: […]
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Ep 58: “Your Name.”
We journey into the anime film “Your Name.” and discuss: animation; story; we also interview Justin Kaufman, a concept artist with experience in animation; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.“ – Walt Disney Notes & References: Justin Kaufman’s […]
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Ep 57: “A Star is Born” (2018)
We jam out to Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” and discuss: cinematography; music; performances and story; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.“ – Kurt Cobain Notes & References: “A Star is Born” audio workflow This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 56: “First Man”
We explore Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” and discuss: camerawork and cinematography; story; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” – Ferdinand Magellan Notes & References: […]
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Ep 55: “Hereditary”
We settle into the 2018 horror “Hereditary” and discuss: story, themes, and symbolism; acting, making the scene more than about words on the page; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own […]
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Ep 54: “Hidden Figures”
We explore the 2017 Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” and discuss: Why Hidden Figures is not a good movie; Wes rants about the problem with big budget black films; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter […]
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Ep 53: “Spotlight”
We investigate the 2015 Best Picture movie “Spotlight” and discuss: cinematography; composing a frame with a purpose; journalism stories; and much more! “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” – Jesus (Mark 8:36) Film Analysis: Let’s take a look at how they […]
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Ep 52: “It Follows”
We walk through the horror movie “It Follows” and discuss: cinematography; creating tension through the choice of lens; the horror rules and symbolism of “It Follows”; and much more! “Ladies you sold 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies as a kid and now you can’t sell your man on wearing a condom. Come on.” – […]
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Ep 51: “Catch Me If You Can”
We sprint through Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” and discuss: cinematography; movie tricks; story techniques; and much more! “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.” – Harry Houdini Notes & References: Cinematography discussion about nets & lens filters This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 50: “Vanilla Sky” (7 Minute Pestle)
We take 7 minutes to dive into Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” and discuss: SFX Makeup; importance of nudity; cinematography; and much more! “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Ludwig Jacobowski This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 49: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
We dissect Tom Cruise’s new action movie “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and discuss: Acting; opening; writing; and much more! “Women are more sympathetic creatures in jeopardy, plus they’re more interesting to photograph. I’d rather photograph a woman walking around with a candelabra than a guy. It’s as simple as that. Somebody once said that the […]
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EP 48: “Gladiator”
We visit Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning picture “Gladiator” and discuss: cinematography; telling a story through wardrobe; VFX; and much more! “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 47: “Almost Famous”
We rock out with Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and discuss: cinematography; editing & story techniques; themes and symbolism; and much more! “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, […]
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Ep 46: "The Departed"
We sneak a look at Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and discuss: 180º rule; themes; the importance of theme; and much more! “Justice is incidental to law and order.” – J. Edgar Hoover Film Analysis This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 45: "Deadpool 2"
We take a look at Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool 2” and discuss: cinematography; satire and sincerity; writing; and much more! “I was given such a great gift. It’s a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day. Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I […]
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Ep 44: HBO's "The Sunset Limited"
We gaze into Samuel L. Jackson & Tommy Lee Jones’s HBO movie “The Sunset Limited” and discuss: cinematography, shooting in a small room; acting; writing; and today we are also joined by a special guest and close friend, Barnabas! “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl […]
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Ep 43: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
We find ET in Steven Spielberg’s Sci-Fi classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and discuss: Spielberg’s cinematography; storytelling devices; aliens; and much more! “The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” – H.G. Wells This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 42: "Contact"
We search for extraterrestrials in 1997’s Robert Zemeckis Sci-Fi classic “Contact” and discuss: the themes of “Contact”; visually reinforcing the themes; cinematography, framing and compositions choices; and much more! “We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Saga Notes & References: This Week’s Recommendations:  
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Ep 41: “The Avengers: Infinity War”
We dissect Marvel’s “The Avengers: Infinity War” and discuss: Great villains, and the unexpected antagonist; VFX; Writing for an ensemble; and much more! “The atom bomb was no ‘great decision.’ It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.” – Harry S. Truman “But I couldn’t help but think of the necessity of […]
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Ep 40: "The Big Sick"
We analyze the romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and discuss: themes of “The Big Sick”; storytelling with wardrobe; establishing tension; and much more! “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer […]
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Ep 39: “Se7en”
We dive into David Fincher’s 1995 masterpiece “Seven” and discuss: character arcs; cinematography & camerawork, including one simple but brilliant foreshadowing technique; psychological violence; symbolism; and much more! “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.“ – Sir […]
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Ep 38: "A Quiet Place"
We dive into John Krasinki’s 2018 horror film “A Quiet Place” and discuss: the metaphor of “A Quiet Place; the opening scene; sound; acting; and much more! “‘The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.“ – William Shakespeare Notes & References: Screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods explain how they went from under-the-radar directors to make […]
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Ep 37: "Alien" (1979, Ridley Scott)
We dive into Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic “Alien” and discuss: the symbolism in “Alien”; cinematography, and editing; design; and much more! “‘Alien’ is a C film elevated to an A film, honestly, by it being well done and a great monster. If it hadn’t had that great monster, even with a wonderful cast, it wouldn’t […]
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Ep 36: “Attack the Block”
We dive into Joe Cornish’s sci-fi/horror “Attack the Block” and discuss: the beasts of Attack the Block; theme & symbolism; horror gimmicks; John Boyega; and much more! “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment […]
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Ep 35: “Moana”
We dive into Disney’s “Moana” and discuss: musical efficiency in storytelling; lessons of Moana; Heihei as a sidekick; what filmmakers can learn from cartoons; and much more! “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You […]
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Ep 34: “Dumb and Dumber”
In this episode we drop into the Jim Carrey comedy classic “Dumb and Dumber” and discuss: the cinematography of comedies; why this movie works; Wes goes on a rant; and much more! “Pure entertainment is not an egotistical lady singing boring songs onstage for two hours and people in tuxes clapping whether they like it […]
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Ep 33: Marvel's "Black Panther"
In this episode we break down Marvel’s “Black Panther” and discuss: symbolism of “Black Panther”; Ryan Coogler; camera settings (aperture/f-stop/iris, frame rate, shutter speed); and much more! “It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.“ – Spike Lee Notes & References: IcarusFilmSchool.com – Sign up here if you want to know […]
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Ep 32: “Call Me By Your Name”
In this episode we dive into the indie drama “Call Me By Your Name” and discuss: the camerawork of “Call Me By Your Name”; audio; the story; and much more! “Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want […]
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Ep 31: “Fight Club”
In this episode we take a look at David Fincher’s cult classic “Fight Club” and discuss: the title sequence of “Fight Club”; lighting in the bar scene; the transitions; voiceover; camerawork & composition; and much more! “Filmmaking isn’t if you can just strap on a camera onto an actor, and steadicam, and point it at […]
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Ep 30: “Mudbound”
In this episode we discuss: intersectionality; lighting and camerawork; we interview Carl Effenson, one of the producers of “Mudbound”; and much more! “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.“ – Martin Luther King, Jr […]
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Ep 29: “Never Let Me Go”
In this episode we discuss: Lighting and camerawork; framing & compositions; film stocks; and much more! “The aim is to postpone frailty, postpone degenerative disease, debilitation and so on and thereby shorten the period at the end of life, which is passed in a decrepit or disabled state, while extending life as a whole.“ – […]
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Ep 28: “The Room”
In this episode: Wes gets drunk and ruins The Pestle; we discuss the failures of The Room, The Disaster Artist; and much more! “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is […]
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Ep 27: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
In this episode we discuss: the theme of The Last Jedi; a little visual analysis; we have an interview with Dr. Steven Vance, a planetary chemist and astrobiologist with JPL NASA to discuss space, Europa, exploring our solar system and so much more! “There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human […]
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Ep 26: “Looper”
In this episode we discuss: the time travel of Rian Johnson’s “Looper”; editing; theme; the future;  and much more! “If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t. It’s like a […]
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Ep 25: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
In this episode we tackle JJ Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens and discuss: Deus Ex Machina storytelling; camerawork & visual analysis; Kylo Ren, JJ Abrams;  and much more! Visual Analysis (camerawork) Here’s an example of dressing up a shot. The action is simple, we’re watching a slice of Rey’s life as she takes her […]
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Ep 24: “Chef”
In this episode we discuss: the camerawork and visual technique of Jon Favreau’s Chef;  Chef as a metaphor;  we interview chef Aaron;  and much more! Visual Analysis (camerawork) Chef is largely shot with locked off frames. When we’re in the kitchen cooking, however, everything moves and pops a little bit more. Easily the most evident […]
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Ep 23: “Garden State”
In this episode we tackle Zach Braff’s indie hit “Garden State” and discuss: the camerawork and editing; visual gags; when performances make the film; the impact this film had on us personally; and much more! Analysis Visual Gags   Super simple payoff that simultaneously is at once digestible but also helps to build what we […]
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Ep 22: “Ex Machina”
In this episode we discuss Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina”: Artificial Intelligence with special guest Byron Reese, host of Gigaom’s Voices in AI podcast; camerawork and visual storytelling techniques; the symbolism of Ex Machina; and much more! Check out Byron’s podcast: Gigaom’s Voices in AI Pre-order Byron’s book on Amazon: The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, […]
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Ep 21: “The Hateful Eight”
In this episode we take on Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and discuss: the camerawork and technique of shooting in one room; we weigh in with a special guest about Tarantino’s use of the N-word; and much more! Big shout out to Shomari for joining us so last minute. It got lost in the episode […]
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Ep 20: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
In this episode we discuss Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and discuss: Good villains; Epic failures as a story device; origin stories; and much more! Notes & References: Four Quadrants This Week’s Recommendations:
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Ep 19: "Stranger Things" Season 1 & 2
In this episode we discuss Netflix’s “Stranger Things”: the title sequence of Stranger Things; the composition & camerawork; pacing, themes, differences between seasons 1 & 2, and much more! The Byers are framed in two, above them is light in a separate panel, they’re below, with the snow swirling outside as if they’re in the […]
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Ep 18: "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"
In this episode we have special guest Joe Howes with us to discuss: the lighting of Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”; transitions; sound design; and much more. “I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the […]
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Ep 17: “La La Land”
In this episode we discuss: the symbolism of La La Land; Technicolor; the 180º rule; music and Hollywood; being an artist, and pursuing your dreams; and much more. “The way I look at a musical, you are commenting on the human condition no matter what you do. A musical may be light and frivolous, but […]
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Ep 16: “V for Vendetta”
In this episode we discuss: The Overture of 1812; James McTeigue & The Wachowskis; Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman’s amazing performances; the meaning of V for Vendetta, terrorism, patriotism, politics; and much more. “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Notes & References: Thomas Paine: […]
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Ep 15: Stephen King’s “It”
In this episode we discuss: the theme of Stephen King’s “It”; camerawork and editing techniques; horror dramas; child actors; and much more. “Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good—they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray—and shades […]
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Ep 14: “Baby Driver”
In this episode we check out Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and discuss: Edgar Wright’s style; foreshadowing; editing on set; the opening scene and the title sequence; and much more. “Maybe directors who are more interested in realism and naturalism come from cities, where they see things on their doorstep every day. But growing up as […]
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Ep 13: “Sunshine”
In this episode we discuss Danny Boyle’s scifi film “Sunshine” and discuss: the colors of Sunshine; Danny Boyle’s style vs David Fincher; the film’s theme; foreshadowing; and much more. “Truthfully, I can only say I was driven to make the film, that these images came to me and I did not question them. My only […]
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Ep 12: "The Big Lebowski" with guest Scott Graham
In this episode the Coen Brothers cult classic hit “The Big Lebowski” and discuss: the Coen Brothers; the human comedy of The Big Lebowski; Philip Seymour Hoffman; the real antagonist; and much more. “If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.” – Joel Coen Notes & References: Scott Graham […]
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Ep 11: “Rogue One”
In this episode we check out Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One” and discuss: the cinematography of Rogue One; FX & set design; war; and much more. Wes’s additional thought: I really loved my friend Justin’s thoughts about the lack of character development, but after recording our episode and continuing to chew on this film I do […]
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Ep 10: “The Social Network”
In this episode we take a look at David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and discuss: the audio & music of The Social Network; Aaron Sorkins tropes; David Fincher’s cinematography style; ways the plot is subtly underscored; Sean Parker’s role in the movie; and so much more. “Trying to guess what the audience wants and then […]
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Ep 9: “The Dark Tower”
In this episode we check out Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” and discuss: adapting Stephen King novels. The differences between The Gunslinger book and The Dark Tower movie. Moments of ineffective filmmaking. Enhancing the hero and villain. Girbaud vs Faded Glory, and much more! “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside […]
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Ep 8: “Clue” – with special guest Joe Parsons
  In this episode we look at the comedy classic “Clue” and discuss: turning a board game into a comedy Making exposition fun Camera work that plays into comedy The nature of comedy “What no one understands: ideas are a dime a dozen. An idea has no real value. It’s all about the execution of […]
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Ep 7: “Dunkirk”
In this episode we dive into Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” and discuss: the artwork of Dunkirk; the true enemy; the nature of tension, and the ways it shows up; Nolan gives good context, and much more! “Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact […]
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Ep 6: "Transformers The Last Knight"
We take a look at Michael Bay’s latest robot movie “Transformers: The Last Knight” and discuss: The Extremes of Transformers Acting (in a bad movie) FX Respecting the audience & the world of your film And much more! “Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of […]
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Ep 5: “Whiplash”
In this episode the indie thriller “Whiplash” and discuss: Music & Jazz, tension & resolution; The colors of Whiplash; We debate the merits of Fletcher’s teaching techniques; and much more. “I always say that if I have another success, I’ll enjoy it more, but you don’t really.” – Danny Boyle Notes & References: Damien Chazelle […]
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Ep 4: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"
In this episode we check out James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and discuss: Incongruity; The importance of a title sequence; Comparing intro & title sequences from Guardians 1 & 2; Wasteful FX; The colors of Guardians of the Galaxy 2; What is the theme of Guardians 2?; For the record, Zoe Saldana’s […]
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Ep 3: "Warrior" - Immersion techniques
In this episode we check out the MMA film “Warrior” and look at: the variety of ways Warrior immerses us into its world, using audio, lighting, and more. Camerawork, angles, and how composition can tie in with the subtext of the scene or even the entire movie How Moby Dick ties in thematically Shooting on […]
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Ep 2: "Interstellar" - What does it mean?
In this episode we look at Christopher Nolan’s scifi epic “Interstellar”: Wes babbles about 70mm film, and briefly touches on film vs digital Space and the science of Interstellar FX: TARS and CASE; projectors; Christopher Nolan piloting A deep dive of the theme of Interstellar: Evolving mankind; love transcending space & time “People will say, […]
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Ep 1: "Wonder Woman" - A man washes up on the women-only Alamo Drafthouse island.
In this episode: Todd wanders into the Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only screening of Wonder Woman Wes’ most embarrassing memory The VFX of Wonder Woman Feminism in Wonder Woman (According to two men, anyway, come get your mansplaination!) “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.” – Jim Henson Referenced Links: Alamo Drafthouse Women-Only […]
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