The U.S. Court Case That Made Movie Theater Concessions So Expensive

In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theaters and cease other non-competitive practices, with U.S. v. Paramount Pictures, et al., the Court opened the… » 11/24/14 5:15am 11/24/14 5:15am

The power of overhead shots in cinema in one cool compilation

Some people call these overhead angles birds eye view, other prefer the grandiloquent Gods eye view. But anyway you call them, when these shots are used to enhance the story and not just as a gimmick, they are pure cinematic magic. Editor Brian Carrol put together some of the best in this cool compilation. » 10/28/14 9:03pm 10/28/14 9:03pm

Inside The Galaxy Note 4's Virtual Reality Ambitions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it's also something more. It's the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say "the first" because I learned something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month:… » 10/15/14 7:15pm 10/15/14 7:15pm

Eyes On With the 270-Degree Future of Cinema

A 270-degree, wraparound triple-screen theater system has just begun rolling out to very select theaters nationwide—only five, in fact—with hopes of delivering an immersive movie-going experience that succeeds where 3D has so miserably failed. I got a sneak peek at the new technology recently and it's, um, really … » 9/17/14 3:29pm 9/17/14 3:29pm

O Brother, This Was the First Movie to Use All-Digital Color Grading

The late 1990s were a fascinating period in the evolution of cinema technology. Film, the only physical medium cinema had ever known, was slowly being replaced by newfangled digital technology. And it was in 2000 that the Academy Award winning film O Brother, Where Art Thou gorgeously illustrated the potential of… » 6/24/14 9:00pm 6/24/14 9:00pm

Can you recognize the movies from these perfect frames?

Distilling classic movies into single still images is a labour of love for filmmaker Geoff Todd as he hunts for the perfect shot and tweets his results. Just imagine that the average movie has over 125,000 frames so there is a lot of celluloid to pick through. Featured films range from Robocop to Metropolis. » 5/07/14 1:29am 5/07/14 1:29am

How Location Scouts Find The Places That Look Like Somewhere Else

For filmmakers, Los Angeles is basically infinite. It is a mega-city that contains every other city within it—indeed, seemingly every other Earthly landscape is hidden somewhere in plain sight—whether it's a street that looks like Manhattan or a county park that literally looks like another world. In Los Angeles,… » 5/04/14 2:00pm 5/04/14 2:00pm