Micro-Budget Filmmaking – Gareth Edwards: From ‘Monsters’ to ‘Rogue One’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a breath of fresh air into the somewhat stale Star Wars franchise, especially after the painfully derivative, completely uninspired, by-the-numbers The Force Awakens. New characters took center stage, including yet another female protagonist,  and with some support from some legacy…

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Soviet Montage Film Movement (1924-1935) Everyone who has ever seen a movie has at some point in time, seen a section of films were a series of shots that indicate actions over a span of time, usually without dialogue. This is what is referred to as a Montage, which is French for assembly or editing.…

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Film Movements in Cinema: French Impressionism The horrors and the atrocities of the First World War provided existential fodder for the rise of the French Impressionist movement, which focused on silent film and spanned a time period of approximately 1918 to 1930. The movement was unequivocally and unapologetically rooted in French nationalism. The production houses…

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German Expressionism (1919-1926) German life in the 1920s wasn’t exactly all sunshine and rainbows and dancing until the cows came home. It was more like War was Hell, we lost, life really sucks, and we’re just going to wallow in it for the next seven years or so. German Expressionism pulled out all of the…

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Australian New Wave (1975-1985) The Australian New Wave Film Movement, starting in mid-1970 and ending about a decade later, is unabashedly and completely Australian and doesn’t shy away from poking fun at their colloquialisms and the Australian way of life, otherwise known as Ozploitation. Australian film was pretty much dormant from World War II until about…

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How Filmmakers Fought Racism with the L.A. Rebellion Film Movement (1967–1991) Decades before Black Lives Matter existed there was another movement, which was heavily influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and the L.A. Watts Riots. The period between 1967-1991 served as a reaction against the 1970’s blaxploitation movies and helped usher in the work of…

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Film Movements in Cinema: The Movie Brats (1960s – 1980s) Oh boy, here we go. The death of the Hollywood studio system in the 1960s gave way to possibly the most prolific filmmakers in movie history; the likes of Robert Altman, Hal Ashby, and Peter Bogdonovich were falling stars and a new group of directors…

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Nora Ephron Screenplays (Download) Nora Ephron (1941-2012) was the preeminent female screenwriters and directors in the business. From Silkwood Julie & Julia, her work was second to none.  Coincidentally, Meryl Streep appeared in her first and last films. Listen to one of Nora’s final talks about screenwriting and the directing process here. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display:…

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Ridley Scott’s Screenplays (Download) Take a listen to the legendary Ridley Scott as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section.  (NOTE: For educational and research purposes only). Take a listen…

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Steven Spielberg Screenplays (Download) Take a listen to the legendary Steven Spielberg as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section. When you are done reading take a listen to…

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Tim Burton’s Screenplays (Download) Before you see Tim Burton’s Dumbo take a listen to the legendary director as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process here. Afterward, you can download Tim Burton Film’s Screenplay collection and learn how the masterworks from page to screen. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The screenplays…

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