Video Essay: “Kubrick’s Kaleidoscope”

January 29th, 2015 by

This is great. Images from Kubrick movies overlaid on scenes from movies by Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron and other directors.

Via Nelson Carvajal.

HT to Indiewire for the link.

Video: “Malick Motifs”

January 27th, 2015 by

From Rachel Glassman:

Regardless of whether you laud him or ridicule him, it’s no doubt that Terrence Malick is truly a visionary filmmaker. Here are some of his many motifs, shot types, themes and imagery that he tends to use in his films.

Here is the video:

Movies are primarily a visual medium. While screenwriters are limited in how much we can ‘direct’ a script, we can certainly be cognizant of cinematic opportunities in our scene description to evoke images in the mind of the script reader.

Via Indiewire.

Video: How many lens flares in J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” movies?

January 23rd, 2015 by

Supposedly 1,547 of them.

Via Dylan Browne.

HT /film.

Video: “Boyhood Meets World”

January 21st, 2015 by

Quite a mashup:

HT Vulture.

Video: Michael Arndt on “Beginnings: Setting a Story Into Motion”

January 20th, 2015 by

I’m currently teaching a one-week session of my Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling class and one of the writers in the class — Kenny — surfaced this video from Michael Arndt, screenwriter of Toy Story 3 about story beginnings. It is quite instructive:


* Arndt subscribes to Three Act Structure.

* A story’s ending is directly tied to its beginning.

* The story is grounded in a Protagonist’s “deepest desires and darkest fears.”

All three of those points are valid in my view and yet more evidence to support character based screenwriting.

Video: 12 minutes of the Wilhelm Scream

January 16th, 2015 by

Why haven’t I seen this compilation before? I mean it’s been out since 2011. C’mon, people! You know it’s your job to find every single bizarre movie video mashup, parody and aggregation and send the links my way! What… I don’t pay you enough?!?!

Fortunately @MrGrahamClegg tweeted this at me last night, so now I can mark off 12 minutes of the Wilhelm Scream from my bucket list. Here it is!

For more on the Wilhelm Scream:

A background piece from Mental Floss.

The Wikipedia entry.

The Facebook page of a band called A Wilhelm Scream.

A site where you can click on a button to hear the Wilhelm Scream anytime you want.

Methinks the world doesn’t need more cowbell… but rather more Wilhelm Scream!

Video: “Guardians of the Galaxy — 8 Bit Cinema”

January 14th, 2015 by

This is awesome!

Sometimes life is worth living just because of stuff like this courtesy of CineFix.

I can’t remember who turned me onto this link, but whoever you are, a HT to you!

Video: “1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die)”

January 3rd, 2015 by

In 10 minutes!

Edited by Jonathan Keogh.

HT to /film for the link.

Video: “Final Cut 2014 — Movie Mashup”

December 31st, 2014 by

An awesome supercut of 2014 movies, 330 of them!

Edited by Nick Bosworth.

HT to /film for the link.

Video: Why the “Firefly” crew were the bad guys

December 29th, 2014 by

I still don’t forgive Fox for canceling “Firefly,” so whenever something related to the late, lamented TV series crosses my path, I promote the hell out of it just to rub virtual salt into self-inflicted wounds of those godless TV execs whose dumb decision crushed such a wonderful story universe and set of characters. Here’s the latest from

The American Civil War inspired Joss Whedon to create “Firefly”?!?! I thought it was simply taking two of my favorite childhood TV series — Star Trek and The Wild, Wild West — and mashing them together.

Who here still misses Firely?

For the site, go here.