film

Watch How Common Photoshop Tools Were Done In The Darkroom

Editing a photo is as easy as clicking a mouse with the modern magic of Photoshop. But another type of magic dominated when the only option was a darkroom and enlarger. Some of us remember these days well, but for the young’uns out there, this Lynda.com demo shows just how photo editing went down in the film days.


The Beautiful Long Shots From Films By Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson — director of Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood — is one of the true auteurs in filmmaking today often uses long shots in his films to show how isolated characters are from the rest of the world. It’s a neat visual decision, one you can see throughout his movies.


How Wes Anderson Uses Red And Yellow To Paint His Movies

When I think of the colours red and yellow together, I think of Big Macs and french fries and chicken nuggets. Yep, I think of McDonald’s. But maybe I should think of Wes Anderson movies now. As you can see in this lovely supercut by Rishi Kaneria that shows Anderson’s use of colour, red and yellow a lot in his films.


Citizenfour Awarded Oscar For Best Documentary In 2014

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras’ riveting documentary about Edward Snowden’s efforts to shed light on gross surveillance abuses by the United States government and its partners, just won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


This Book Of Countless Cameras Is An Ode To Analogue Photo Nerds

If you have that obsession with camera gear that so many of us behold, you’ll want to check out the new book Tokyo Camera Style. It’s based on the website of the same name, which gathers snapshots of everyday folks and their coveted shooter of choice.


Oscar-Winning Movies Perfectly Recreated With Just Stock Footage

Video: Dissolve is back at it again with one of my favourite recurring series: recreating famous movie scenes with just stock footage. This time they focus on Academy Award winning movies and make you guess the film using hints such as ‘theme park fail’ and ‘midlife strife with rose petals’. It’s pretty uncanny how close they can get.


How Photos Were Made Through History, From Daguerreotypes To Digital 

Making a photograph today is a matter of pressing a button and letting a bunch of electronics do their thing. Before that we had film, and before film we had even more cumbersome processes. Did you know that making photographs once involved materials like egg-whites, asphalt and platinum? Watch these videos to hear and see how the magic of photography came to be.


The Original Black Hole For Interstellar Was Too Confusing

One of the many reasons why Interstellar was such a wonderful movie was that it used genuine scientific equations to show what happens in the vicinity of a black hole. But, just like the actors in front of the camera, it seems the black hole also got a little make up to make it more presentable for the big screen.


Fascinating Video Shows How A Live Orchestra Scores An Entire Film

This is interesting not only because you get to see the juxtaposition of the orchestra and scenes from The Great Human Odyssey or because you learn how 70 musicians score an entire film in three days without any preparation or how the filmmakers painstakingly do their job, but also because it’s just cool to see people play music.


Camera Experts Designed A New Kind Of 360-Degree Rig For Jupiter Ascending

Lovely though it is in person, Chicago can seem like a grim, grey place on film. So when the Wachowskis decided to film key moments of their new movie Jupiter Ascending there, they didn’t just wait for the most beautiful light — they built a whole new type of camera to capture it.