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Interview with Alfred Hitchcock

Interview with Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock was a pioneer director most known for directing Psycho. In this interview from 1972 (his death was in 1980) he discusses his career working with actors, story telling, and decision making in regards to directing.

Watch the full interview in the video below:

Apple Hires Steven Spielberg For Original TV Content

Apple Hires Steven Spielberg For Original TV Content

Apple has been selling TV shows and movies for a long time now. They have finally announced original content to take on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon. Being a bit late to the game theysure are coming out strong. Apple has signed a deal with Steven Spielberg to develop Amazing Stories, a reboot of a 1980s sci-fi show of the same name.

This really shakes up the new industry. With lots of money at Apple's disposal they could be an industry game changer. Considering that most of the big players in video now have nothing to do with Hollywood, the next few years will be very interesting as streaming becomes the only way people watch content outside of reality tv, sports, and news. Read more about this deal at this location.

What Makes a Fight Scene Badass

What Makes a Fight Scene Badass

Fight scenes are what make action movies awesome. Making one work is a different story. So what separates the good from the bad? Too much going on can cause the viewer to be confused by everything and not enough will bore them. Knowing the emotion you want to convey from the fight scene is as important as the work in crafting the scene itself.

Youtuber Aaron Field takes a look at the Kingsman and explains what works about its fight scenes.

Interview with Inside Out Writer Meg LeFauve

Interview with Inside Out Writer Meg LeFauve

We all have a journey and path to our own success. This road to success is often not a straight line andoften is bumpy with pot holes and unpaved roads and for some has dead ends. YouTube channel RocketJump Film School talks with writer and director Meg LeFauve about her inspiring story of how she got to work on Pixar's Inside Out.

Watch the video below:

Spotify and Hulu Launch Student Bundle

Spotify and Hulu Launch Student Bundle

For those of you who were in college or high school in the early days of piracy - the napster/kazaa days - then you probably would have loved to have an offer like this. Hulu and Spotify have teamed up to offer their premium services for only $4.99 a month. Sounds like a steal huh? Well I'm sure that's exactly what they're thinking as they know that's what most college students will do if you don't sign up for their services. whats fascinating is that both of these services are partially owned by the major labels and TV studios. Both of which are partially owned by NBC/Universal (Comcast now). It seems like this was an easy deal to make since companies share a large stake in both.

This has been a proven smart way to combat piracy as schools who have adopted this (and similar deals) have reported a large drop in piracy rates and an increase in streaming rates..

Read more about the deal in this article by The Verge.

DP Henry Braham on Work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

DP Henry Braham on Work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a great film filled with incredible Special FX and great camera work. A big part of the good camera work was from DP Henry Braham who chose to use a RED Weapon 8K Vista Vision as his camera of choice. The camera was a prototype at the time, which means it was a big risk to use it.

Read more about this and other techniques used for the movie in an interview with Henry Braham in filmmaker magazine.

School: Dunkirk's Intensity Lies in Sound

School: Dunkirk's Intensity Lies in Sound

Good sound design adds to the emotion of the scene. From the creaking of a door in a horror movie to the epic score in a fantasy movie, sound matters. The score can elevate the mood of the scene. There are also many tricks in composing music that is more sound design than music. One of which is using scales that don't resolve to add tension to a scene and reflect the environment the scene takes place in.

The Vox discusses this technique in more detail in the video below:

School: Harnessing Shadows

School: Harnessing Shadows

There's so much that goes into crafting the perfect lighting or lack thereof. Often times the focus is on how to light a subject for a scene, but what about whats not lit? What about the shadows? Ever wonder how this contrast created? How some movies and TV shows can get so dark yet still contain so much detail? Or how silhouettes are created while the background is still well lit? The technique is actually similar to well lit scenes: It's all about the placement of the lights in relation to the subject.

Check out the video below from Rocketjump Film School to find out more:

Industry: Facebook Greenlights Two New Original Series

Industry: Facebook Greenlights Two New Original Series

Facebook has announced it's first two original series. This will put even more competition on the major movie studios in addition to the many platforms for original high quality video content (amazon, hulu, netflix, hbo, youtube, etc). It also means more jobs in the industry.

One show, Returning the Favor, will feature Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs, traveling to where people go above and beyond to help their communities. The other show is a currently untitled show about the Ball Family who have had a lot of success in basketball.

Where as many of the other platforms seem to focus on big budget productions, it seems Facebook will be targeting the reality show market and the sports sector. Something that hasn't really been done in the streaming world yet.

Read more about the future of facebook video at this location.

Industry: Apple Taps Sony Executives for Original Content

Industry: Apple Taps Sony Executives for Original Content

Apple hired on two executives today from Sony, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. Their works include Breaking Bad, Preacher, Better Call Saul, The Shield, The Crown, and Rescue Me. This was no small acquisition. This leverage will allow Apple to be a serious contender in the age of streaming video content providers.

It seems Apple plans on bundling video streaming with their current audio streaming service, which may give it a leg up on other streaming services that only provide video (netflix) or audio (spotify). At the end of the day it is all about the original content they can deliver on their platform. I think the amount of competition in streaming services is great. This allows more (and better) content than ever to be produced and reach massive audiences.

Read more about this hiring from the official press release on the Apple website here.

Gear: Flexible LED Lights on a Budget

Gear: Flexible LED Lights on a Budget

One of the most important things to get professional quality video is good lighting. If you are on a tight budget this can be near impossible as decent lights are hundreds (even thousands) of dollars plus the cost of stands. LEDs are often the best as they can often change color temperature and as a result can work in many situations.

Youtuber DSLR Video Shooter discusses his 4 best solutions on a budget of $200 in the video below:

School: Examining Film Adaptations

School: Examining Film Adaptations

Ever Wonder why books are different than their movie counterparts? The expression 'the book was so much better' is often uttered by fans of the book. This is often due to movies being compressed into a short amount of time rather than an epic adventure, story elements sometimes need to be rearrange to make more sense to audiences, and sometimes climaxes are exaggerated for a more dramatic effect on screen.

Youtube Channel Lessons from the Screenplay look at the movie Arrival and how it was adapted from a book to its screenplay. Warning this contains spoilers of the movie. Watch the video below:

Sound Design:  Foley - How Movie Sound Effects Are Made

Sound Design: Foley - How Movie Sound Effects Are Made

Ever wonder why the intricate sounds in movies sound so clear and without microphones picking up all that direct sound? Welcome to the world of foley. Foley is the art of creating sounds that the characters on screen interact with. Everything from footsteps to clothing rustle to picking up and putting down objects is done on a foley stage by a foley artist.

What makes foley very interesting is that often times the sounds you hear on screen were created by using totally different objects. The video below shows an overview of the life of a foley artist.

School: How Pixar Uses Music to Make You Cry

School: How Pixar Uses Music to Make You Cry

Ever wonder people get so emotional to Pixar movies? Or Why the intro to Up is known as one of the most powerful love stories ever? Their shorts rarely have any dialogue yet we feel so attached and emotionally connected to the characters. The reason for this lies in the music.

Music in story telling is very powerful. It establishes character themes, emotions within the character, danger, amongst other things. It's more than just major for happy, minor for sad, and dissonance for danger and anxiety. Youtube channel Sideways elaborates on the reasons why in the video below:

School: The Art of Black and White Movies

School: The Art of Black and White Movies

In today's world where we are trying to get CGI effects to look as real as possible to recreate characters of the past, why would anyone want to watch a black and white film? It looks nothing like real life, but in many cases that's it's biggest strength.

Black and white film is an art form that offers a different perspective with more contrast. YouTube channel Rocket Jump Film School illustrates this further in the video below:

Working on Dare Stevens' Latest Comedy: The Hollywouldn'ts

Working on Dare Stevens' Latest Comedy: The Hollywouldn'ts

Enhanced Media is happy to share a comedy that we truly enjoy.  The Hollywouldn’ts is a feature film that came our way and is now available on iTunes.  Filmmakers and dreamers alike will especially love this film because it is about having the courage to pursue a dream in Hollywood despite all of the obstacles in the way.  This film resonated with me as someone who works in the film industry in Hollywood.  The story is a perfect blend of funny, sweet, and inspiring (but mostly funny!).  It was a pleasure to work with Dare Stevens and we’d like to give a big congratulations for the release of his first feature film.  Please order on iTunes to support!  www.thehollywouldnts.com

-Quinn Cooper

School: Jack Nicholson's Art in Anger

School: Jack Nicholson's Art in Anger

In the world of acting there are certain actors that you can immediately pinpoint their style. One of the first that comes to mind is Jack Nicholson. If he's in a movie it's likely that he's going to get angry at one point. It's not that he is one dimensional, it's just that he does it so well and in so many different ways. He's one of the masters of anger.

He is a real artist with his delivery of his anger. YouTube personality Nerdwriter takes a look at why he's so good at it in the video below:

School: The Secret Behind Chase Scenes

School: The Secret Behind Chase Scenes

Car chase scenes are always insane to follow, yet somehow we can always understand whats going on. The series Fast and the Furious is filled with these. I wonder how the movies make any sense at all. Well there is an art to creating these scenes. Using fast cutaways and multiple angles the visuals enhance the action on screen.

With all this action and chaos it's important to know how to keep the viewer engaged and not confused. Youtube series Frame by Frame crashes head first into this chaos in the video below:

School: How 'Rogue One' Recreated Grand Moff Tarkin

School: How 'Rogue One' Recreated Grand Moff Tarkin

One of the many gripes about the recent starwars movie was it's use of CGI to recreate the character Grand Moff Tarkin. What I ask is, 'how did they do it?' It's definitely getting close to reality here, but it's still not lifelike enough. Nonetheless it is still revolutionary for the industry. What comes next with this technology will be very fascinating.

What most people don't realize is the amount of work that went into creating this. Especially after seeing the Wired video below:

School: The Psychology Behind Recognizable Sounds

School: The Psychology Behind Recognizable Sounds

Ever wonder why you can instantly identify a company by certain sounds? It's more than just hearing it with the brand name over and over again. There's an art to making certain sounds stick to brands. This type of branding is sound design in it's most raw form: it is using sound to convey emotion with nothing but a name and logo.

Choosing why the iphone keyboard sounds like a typewriter may seem obvious, but what about the windows and apple startup sounds? Wired takes a look at popular sounds and explains why each of them work so well for their purpose in the video below: