Posts by Maggie Dern

6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense

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6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense Although you may not have seen any of his movies (a situation which you seriously need to rectify), you’ve certainly heard the name, Alfred Hitchcock. He is recognized as one of the great minds of cinematographic history and is even hailed as the Master of Suspense.…

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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?

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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood? The world knows John Milius as the craziest man in Hollywood mainly because of his unconventional style of filmmaking and choosing a rather different storyline for the movies. He is an ultimate legend of the film industry and a friend to Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Born in…

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Demystifying Digital Camera Sensor Size

Demystifying Digital Camera Sensor Size The soul of any digital camera is its digital sensor—to determine the resolution, camera sensor size, depth of field, low-light performance, dynamic range, lenses, and even the camera’s physical size but the camera sensor is the key. The camera image sensor is a solid-state device. This is the  part of…

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Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer

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Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer For some people, the only thing that matters is writing. They wake up with ideas, while some may carry around a table, others carry a notepad and pen to jot ideas, maybe choices, even a paragraph or two. The idea has been like a seed that was planted…

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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement to Direct Another Anime Feature

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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement…Again! He’s Back! Three years after his “retirement” Studio Ghibli animation legend Hayao Miyazaki appears coming out of retirement and ready to return to feature filmmaking. Anime News Network reports that the legendary anime director revealed he wasn’t happy with the Computer Generated animated short he’s been directing on for the Studio Ghibli Museum…

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Roger Deakins: Breaking Down the Master Cinematographer

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Roger Deakins: Breaking Down the Master Cinematographer The scenes that we see in movies may be of three to five minutes, but it takes a lot of effort, intelligence, technique, and art to film it that way. That is the role of a cinematographer. With his exceptional skills, with his art to give the best…

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Italian Neorealism: Martin Scorsese’s Origins

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Italian Neorealism: Martin Scorsese’s Origins Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has stated many times that one of the biggest influences in his work was the Italian Neorealism period in Italy. His personal documentary My Voyage to Italy (also check out: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies) is a journey through Italian Cinema history…

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Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas Short films have become a lot more popular nowadays with the advancements in the field of media, but coming up with short film ideas can be challenging. Since short films are easier to make than the feature movies, the production cost is also a lot cheaper. One has…

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Eli Roth: Horror’s New Master for the Digital Age

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Eli Roth: Horror’s New Master for the Digital Age Eli Roth was born on April 18, 1972, in Newton, Massachusetts. He was raised in a Jewish household as his family is from Austria, Russia, and Poland. His parents are Dr. Sheldon Roth who is a psychiatrist/ psychoanalyst and also a clinical professor at Harvard Medical…

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What the Heck is a Key Grip & What Do They Do on Set?

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What the Heck is a Key Grip? As a famous actor once said, “The film industry brings people together and so does technology – and I see them as similar platforms.” The production rate of films all around the globe is sky-high, and new ideas are being implemented to old storylines, in order to provide…

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Dogme 95: Understanding the Radical Film Movement

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The Revolutionary Film Movement – Dogme 95 Revolutions change history. History is filled with year-long revolutions some of which were pretty brutal as well. When the word movement is heard, we get images of social rebellion, something to do with politics, freedom or probably self-expression? Right? It’s hard to believe that a revolutionary film movement exists…

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Tim Burton MasterClass: Breaking Down the Odd & Beautiful

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Tim Burton: The Master of Odd Tim Burton is one of the most talented film directors, film producers, artists and writers who live on this planet. He can be considered as a perfect example for a combination of innovativeness and talent. Tim Burton has been blessed by the nature for his excellent imaginativeness. He also…

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