‘American Horror Story’ New Season To Be About Election. What Are Likely Filming Locations?

FX’s wildly popular anthology horror series American Horror Story has covered a wide range of concepts, from haunted houses, hotels, asylums and freak shows. Still, no one could have guessed what topic creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk would tackle for the series’ upcoming seventh season: the recent U.S. presidential election. The news, which was announced by Murphy on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live is noteworthy for many reasons. None of the previous seasons have been so blatantly inspired by real-life events like this one. While the first season of American Crime Story tackled the O.J. Simpson murder trial to much critical acclaim, that was done over decades after the case. Here, Murphy and Falchuk are tackling a very contentious election when the dust has barely begun to settle. Second, the fact that this is part of the American Horror Story franchise adds further intrigue. The results of the 2016 election upset many, but to put in the context of a horror series is especially eye-opening. It isn’t clear what direction will be taken with this season. It’s likely that Murphy and Falchuk will take creative license on real life happenings to give them a shocking twist (or two) that..

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New US Trailer for Danièle Thompson’s ‘Cézanne Et Moi’ About Artists

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“I’d like to paint as you write.” Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official US trailer for Danièle Thompson’s biopic drama Cézanne Et Moi, also known as Cézanne and I, about a friendship between two artists. The film tells of the parallel paths between the lives and careers of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola, starting as school pals in Aix-en-Provence to working artists in Paris. Guillaume Gallienne plays Cézanne, and Guillaume Canet plays Zola, with a cast including Alice Pol, Déborah François, Isabelle Candelier, Sabine Azéma, Freya Mavor and Félicien Juttner. This didn’t play at any film festivals, but it did already open in European cinemas last year. The film is described as a “polished period piece” that “boldly paints a picture of two 19th century masters.” This looks quite good. Take a look. ›››

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Official Trailer for ‘Alive & Kicking’ Documentary About Swing Dancing

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“To dance with people is the way to make the world a better place.” Magnolia Pictures has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Alive and Kicking about swing dancing, from director Susan Glatzer. The film provides viewers with an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. It features performances by famous dancer Norma Miller and many other people, some of which are introduced in this trailer. From the looks of it, this seems to be an energetic and inspiring documentary that shows how powerful dance can be, encouraging us all to come together and try to improve society by moving our bodies to the music. Who doesn’t enjoy dance? Jump in. ›››

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7 Important Lessons About Poetic Framing from the Masterful Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou has a lot in common with Kurosawa, particularly his use of immaculate composition to enhance the story.

Among the many questions raised by Zhang Yimou’s Hero (most notably: how do they jump and fly at the same time?) would be a more general inquiry into what it is that gives this film its peculiar power.

Western audiences were introduced en masse, in a form designed for speedy popularization, to the peculiar magical realism possible in martial arts films by Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. While enacting something of the same reach to broad audiences, Hero seems to take the process a step farther, and in fact seems a mite more sincere in its pursuit of raw action, without excessive emotional baggage. (Who needs that, anyway?)

Yimou, like Kurosawa, takes advantage of every opportunity to frame characters by themselves.

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What Film Noir Can Teach Every Filmmaker about Cinematography

In the age of color film, the high-contrast black and white of classic film noir has something to teach every filmmaker.

I’m sure we’ve all met people (you might be among them!) who espouse a distinct aversion to black and white films, for whatever reason. But according to this video essay from Jack Nugent of Now You See It, not only are they some of the most important movies, they can “do just as much if not more than color.” Check it out below to learn how the techniques of black and white filmmaking can be just as important to cinematography in the age of color film.

The essay lays its case primarily by looking at monochromatic filmmaking through the lens of film noir, as film noir is one genre where black and white cinematography is put to its full use (a handy guide to the stylistic elements of film noir can be found here).

“Black and white can do just as much, if not more than color.”

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‘Star Wars’ just dropped a major bombshell about ‘The Last Jedi’


Since the Star Wars: Episode VIII title dropped in January, fans all over the word have one pressing question in their mind: 

Is The Last Jedi singular or plural?

If the title is singular, you can assume that The Last Jedi refers to Luke Skywalker. Or maybe Rey? Who knows. 

If it’s plural, it might refer to Luke and Rey. Nobody really knows. 

However, the official Italian Star Wars Facebook and Twitter account have posted what appears to be a major hint to the real meaning of The Last Jedi. 

It translated the title to “Gli ultimi Jedi”, which unequivocally refers to more than one Jedi:  Read more…

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Video: 5 Clever Filmmaking Tricks You Should Know About

Learn how to pull off some of the oldest (but best) tricks in the filmmaking book.

Filmmaking has a lot of secret tricks of the trade that a beginner may not be aware of—until now! Ryan Connolly and the rest of the crew over at Film Riot have made a video detailing five simple filmmaking tricks that you can use in almost every of your projects, including how to make a room appear bigger than it is, how to make sexy movie sweat, and how to shoot for the reverse. Check it out below:

How to make a room bigger

Some spaces don’t leave you with much room to work with, which makes it difficult to get the coverage you want without making the scene feel claustrophobic. Luckily, there’s a way pros maximize small spaces to give the illusion that the scene is taking place in a bigger, more spacious location. If you’re shooting something like an over-the-shoulder scene, simply shoot one character’s dialogue from one side of the room, and then move your camera to the opposite side to pick up the other’s.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Writer & Producer Reunite for Miniseries About 2016 Election

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Presidential Debate Election 2016

Hey, remember the complete and utter national meltdown that was the 2016 presidential election? Of course you do — it was only three and a half months ago, even if it feels like it was four lifetimes ago. Well, how would you like to relive that entire debacle as TV drama? Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal and producer Megan Ellison are reportedly working on a project about last year’s events, to be released as an eight- to ten-hour miniseries. 

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Boal will write the as-yet-untitled series, and produce it through his Page 1 production company. That company is financed by Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. A group of journalists is being assembled by Hugo Lindgren, a Hollywood Reporter editor and New York Times Magazine alum who is also president of Boal’s Page 1, to act as investigative reporters for the project.

In a hilarious understatement, the trade notes that the election “remains a very contentious topic in America three months after it was held.” The 2016 presidential race is certainly one of the most dramatic sagas in recent American history, and it was probably just a matter of time before someone tried to turn it into a movie or show. Boal and Ellison might be along the first ones to announce an adaptation of it, but I’d be surprised if they were the last ones.

There’s no word yet on when we might actually see the show. Since it seems to be in the very early stages, it’ll probably be a while. (Hopefully that means the wounds from that election will feel a little less fresh by the time we’re reliving it on the small screen.) Nor is there any indication of where the miniseries might air. Based on the pedigree, I’d say a premium cable channel like HBO or Showtime seems likely, or perhaps a streaming service like Amazon — but that’s just speculation on my part.

Boal and Ellison have already demonstrated a knack for dramatizing real-life events. Ellison produced Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and all three have since reunited for the untitled Detroit Riots movie currently in post-production and the untitled Bowe Bergdahl movie still in development. Boal’s other notable credits include The Hurt Locker, which earned Oscars for him and Bigelow, and J.C. Chandor’s upcoming drama Triple Frontier. (The latter just recently scooped up Mahershala Ali to join Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum, in case you were curious how that’s going.)

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This Video Essay About ‘Pleasantville’ is Pure Cinema Magic

Kentucker Audley, founder of indie site NoBudge, loves movies almost as much as he loves satire.

In actor/filmmaker/NoBudge-founder Kentucky Audley’s first-ever video essay, he chooses to tackle the “Ron Howard”-helmed Pleasantville, a film about two teenagers from the ’90s who go into their favorite ’50s sitcom and end up teaching everyone in the soul-crushing, monochrome town many lessons, including the importance of color, as well as, in Audley’s words, “having sex, and reading books.”

There’s nothing we can say to describe this video essay that will be more entertaining than watching it, so it’s best just to sit back in awe of Audley’s trenchant analysis. (Pro tip: It’s satire.)

In his breakdown of Pleasantville‘s “excellent cinematography, themes, and performances,” it’s clear that Audley has a bone or two to pick with the video essay medium.

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Video: What You Need to Know About Shooting Slow Motion

Here are 10 tips for those who want to shoot a slow motion project.

We all agree, slow motion looks awesome, but it’s not as simple as raising your frame rate and hitting record. There is certainly some effort and know-how that goes into making a slow motion video a work of art, and Simon Cade of DSLRguide has uploaded a video that gives you some tips on how to do that. Check it out below.

Cade highlights several issues you need to address when shooting slow motion, namely lighting. Because high speed cinematography requires you to record more frames, you’ll have to shoot at a faster shutter speed. This means there will be less light hitting your sensor, so you’ll need to add plenty of other light sources to compensate.

One of my favorite things Cade brings up is how to approach sound design for slow motion sequences, especially because it’s something that many young filmmakers, or even the ol’ pros, may not quite know how to do. He recommends watching these kinds of sequences in films that do them well, like 300, Inception, or Raging Bull.

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