Friday, 9 December 2016

Mae West: And The Men Who Knew Her

Born in a working-class section of Brooklyn, she became a show-business giant, a personality so distinctive she transformed forever the way women and sex would be presented on stage, in films, radio, TV and cabarets around the world.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Callie Khouri on screenwriting

Callie Khouri was raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. She went to university to study landscape architecture, but switched to drama. She moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute, then worked for a commercials production company as a receptionist before taking a position with them as a music video production assistant. While working at the office, she began work on what would eventually become Thelma & Louise (1991), writing the script in longhand at home and then retyping it on the job.

Here's her story of how she came to write Thelma & Louise.

First posted:  16 December 2012

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Designing Dialogue

What is the purpose of dialogue in movies? It may accomplish more than you expect.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Raiders of The Lost Ark's Boulder Scene

It’s one of the most iconic and engaging opening sequences in movie history, firmly establishing Indiana Jones, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg as blockbuster forces to be reckoned with.

Indiana Jones wouldn’t occupy his place in our collective consciousness were it not for this scene. The soundtrack, cinematography, production design and special effects all came together in a spectacular sequence that established an enduring character in cinematic history. This video takes you though the scene’s backstory, telling you about the contributions of Spielberg, Lucas, and the film’s entire creative team.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Suzanne Verdal - Leonard Cohen's Muse

Suzanne Verdal inspired Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne". Here is her story.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

What makes something "Kafkaesque"?

The term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision? Beyond the word’s casual use, what makes something "Kafkaesque"? Noah Tavlin explains.

Friday, 2 December 2016