Pedro Almodovar’s Short Film: Salome

Pedro Almodovar’s Salome is a micro-budget indie film the auteur director made in 1978. One of the first creations of genius dandelion in sunglasses. As Almodóvar had already tried out different durations in Super 8, he decided to shoot a film in a greater format, in 16 mm. In Salomé the origin of veil is…

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Oliver Stone’s Short Film: Last Year in Viet Nam

One of Oliver Stone’s first films, Last Year in Viet Nam presents part of his personal experiences after coming back as a war veteran from the Vietnam war, trying to cope with terrible memories from the front and the recurring sensation of isolation, anguish, and alienation he felt while living in New York, still uncertain…

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Quentin Tarantino Screenplays (Download)

What can be said about Quentin Tarantino the screenwriter that hasn’t been said before? QT has, easily, one of the most unique and singular voice in the history of cinema. You may love him or hate him but you will remember him. Reading his screenplays is a masterclass in dialog, structure, and rhythm. When you are…

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David Lynch’s Micro-Budget Short Film: The Alphabet

The Alphabet (1968) combines animation and live-action and goes for four minutes. It has a simple narrative structure relating a symbolically rendered expression of a fear of learning.  The idea for The Alphabet came from Lynch’s wife, Peggy Lentz, a painter whose niece, according to Lynch in Chris Rodley’s Lynch on Lynch book, “was having…

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The Coen Brother’s Micro-Budget Short Film: World Cinema

Commissioned by the Cannes Film Festival, the Coen Brothers wrote, produced, and directed the short film “World Cinema.” The film stars Josh Brolin dressed like his character in No Country For Old Men and going by the name Dan. He debates with the theater’s ticket taker (Grant Heslov) what movie he should watch. Made on…

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Tim Burton’s First Short Films: Vincent and Frankenweenie

While at Disney in 1982, Burton made his first short, Vincent, a six-minute black-and-white stop motion film based on a poem written by the filmmaker, and depicting a young boy who fantasizes that he is his hero Vincent Price, with Price himself providing narration. The film was produced by Rick Heinrichs, whom Burton had befriended…

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What Is Frame Rate? The Complete Guide for Filmmakers

The term “frame rate” is used to indicate the number of individual frames or images that are displayed per second in a film, television or computer game. From the late 1920s, 24 frames per second has been the standard frame rates used for film, while 30 or 25fps is the standard used for TV. 24…

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Steven Spielberg’s Early War Film: Escape from Nowhere

As a teenager, Steven Speilberg was already making films. One of his first was Escape from Nowhere. A war movie inspired by the stories of his family’s experience in World War II. Listen to Speilberg explain it below.  Download Steven Spielberg’s Screenplay Collection in PDF <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height:…

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Spike Jonze’s Short Film: I’m Here

I’m Here is a 2010 sci-fi romance short film written and directed by Spike Jonze. The film is a love story about two robots living in Los Angeles where humans and robots co-exist. The plot is based on The Giving Tree, and the main character is named after Shel Silverstein. The film’s robots were created…

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