10 movie trailers that were actually better than the movie

On one hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means you don't need to watch the movie. On the other hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means when you watch the movie you walk away with all-consuming disappointment. Here are 10 movie trailers that were better than the movie. » 7/22/14 3:40am Tuesday 3:40am

Why Medium Format Is So Gorgeous (It's About More Than Resolution)

One of the biggest reasons to shoot film nowadays is medium format, an option that yields gorgeous results but whose digital counterpart is wildly expensive. It's well known that medium format offers an increase in resolution and print size, but there are other advantages that make it a unique tool in a photographer's… » 7/11/14 5:40pm 7/11/14 5:40pm

10 tricks that famous movie directors use as their trademark

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a… » 7/10/14 9:47pm 7/10/14 9:47pm

10 movies that show how great editing can turn movies into masterpieces

Editing is crucial for film. It can ruin a movie and it can turn a good movies into a masterpiece. It's a powerful weapon for filmmakers. CineFix has put together a top 10 list detailing what they think are the most effective editing moments of all time in the video below. It's obviously arbitrary, but it's a great… » 7/08/14 1:57am 7/08/14 1:57am

Why is Michael Bay considered such a bad movie director?

Everyone knows a Michael Bay popcorn blockbuster is never going to be considered a cinema masterpiece. The same tricks—explosions, 360 degree shots, lamp posts, etc.—are used over and over again. But he's entertaining! Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting goes a little deeper to explain Bay's 'Bayhem' bag of tricks and… » 7/03/14 1:49am 7/03/14 1:49am

How Jurassic Park changed the way movies are made forever

Here's a fascinating bit of film history: one of the most incredible moments in movie history wasn't in a movie at all but just a test shot for Jurassic Park. It's that test footage—of a T-Rex walking—that changed movies forever. It's that scene—simply called the Dinosaur Skin Test—that made filmmakers realize how… » 6/11/14 2:21am 6/11/14 2:21am

Mike Mills Asks Kids of Silicon Valley Workers About the Future of Tech

"Well, my mom works at Apple. And my dad? He, like, started his own company. But I think he like doesn't really want to do it anymore." That's one quote from a short film by Mike Mills where he talks to children of Silicon Valley employees about changes in technology and how it will affect society. » 6/09/14 8:00pm 6/09/14 8:00pm

The Death of Film Is Felt Hardest In the City Built on Kodak's Reign

Rochester, New York is the city where George Eastman founded the company responsible for making photography an everyday part of American life. Although Kodak is still a household name, the digital age has gutted what was once a thriving industry. Traces of the film giant can be seen echoing throughout Rochester in the… » 5/29/14 4:55pm 5/29/14 4:55pm

An 8-Bit Donnie Darko game is just as dark and good as the movie

I just love when movies are summarized into CineFix's 8-bit cinema style. It combines the nostalgia of childhood video games with the memory of movies that I should watch more often. This time, it's Donnie Darko that gets the 8-bit treatment. As you can imagine, there's a lot of confusion, conversations and rabbits. » 5/28/14 12:13am 5/28/14 12:13am

Here's why Steven Spielberg is such a great director

It's more than just one thing, of course. But Spielberg's masterful use of the long take is one of the things that make him so great. While most directors would use the long take as a way to teleport the viewer into another world and show off their skills, Spielberg tries to uses the trick as invisibly as possible.… » 5/19/14 11:18pm 5/19/14 11:18pm

The sad, beautiful, and a bit scary tale of the Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb is a beautifully crafted short film written, directed and animated by Alex Grigg. "In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains," the description reads. It's a sad little tale selected for the Sundance Film Festival that is worth four minutes of your life. » 5/15/14 12:19am 5/15/14 12:19am

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

Watch the first minutes of Joss Whedon's new spooky movie In Your Eyes

And if you like what you see from the newest spooky supernatural flick from Joss Whedon's brilliant brain, you can watch the entire movie on demand on Vimeo for 5 bucks. A great deal for those of you who want more Whedon in your life. The tagline talks about this being a story about a girl who meets a boy but because… » 4/21/14 10:25pm 4/21/14 10:25pm

Here are 12 of the best long takes in movie history

There are few legal things that can teleport you to another world as well as an excellent long film take in a movie. When those happen—think of those scenes in Children of Men or Goodfellas—you don't feel like you're watching a movie anymore, you feel like you're seeing it happen in real life. Like you're right next… » 4/15/14 1:26am 4/15/14 1:26am

Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… » 4/14/14 3:00pm 4/14/14 3:00pm