Last Wednesday night I wrapped an editing project, closed Premiere Pro, and noticed that the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop application had “New Updates” to install… 11 of them. I followed the notification through to the “App” pane, where I was informed that the 2014 Release of ...
Lights Film School recently had the opportunity to chat with Matan Rochlitz about the documentary he made with Ivo Gormley entitled “The Runners”. The duo describe the documentary as follows: “Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate ...
Lights Film School recently had the opportunity to chat with director Nick White about his work on two of his more recent films. The first, a 10 minute short entitled “Inseparable”, and the second a 30 minute short entitled “Incorporated”. You can watch both films ...
OVERVIEW “The world has changed”, Galadriel intones as Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring opens. She meant Middle Earth, but her observation applies to the world of video editing software today. In 2011, Apple bungled the launch of Final Cut Pro X, dropping many editors into freefall. Some embraced the competition – namely, Avid’s Media Composer (on which The Lord of […]
Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest… The Master of Suspense shares his thoughts on the difference between “mystery” and “suspense” at an AFI Seminar in 1970. Do you agree with Hitchcock? Is mystery “an intellectual process… [with] no emotion” that produces “completely wasted footage”? Or can it be an effective storytelling tool? Sign up below to get instant access to over […]
Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is, in a word, unforgettable. So when I stumbled across The Tate‘s video exploring Nolan’s inspiration for the Joker’s makeup, I was hooked. Nolan discusses the influence of Francis Bacon’s paintings and, more generally, how art can inform a filmmaker’s creative vision as well as his approach […]
Writer and Director Fred Rowson blends whimsey and melancholy in Woodhouse, a short film with a style as unique as its subject matter. Patient and fluid camera moves carry us through the Woodhouse Nature Reserve and its surroundings in Southeast London. A storybook narrator connects character to character: a little girl, a restless old man, and a […]
Over the years, I’ve come to believe that many successful short films are structured around single “story moments”. Said differently, if a feature film is akin to a novel, then a short film is akin to a poem. Generally, a good short is contained. It doesn’t bite off more than it can chew. It embraces instead of tries […]