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Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

A common misconception is that when any comedy films are made that all the right jokes are selected at the scripting stage. With animation, where so much of it is visual gags, then as John Lasseter describes, egos are left at the door when his team enters the Pixar Story Room and each of the […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part Two) by Didier Ghez (book review)

October 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part Two) by Didier Ghez  (book review)

If you think that after the first two books of ‘They Drew As They Pleased’, that this one would also feature concept artists, you would be mistaken. This one focuses on the Story Research Department which because its name seemed to centre on character design than its real job and was later renamed as Character […]

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Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

October 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez (book review).

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez (book review).

It should hardly be surprising that the second volume of Didier Ghez’ book ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One)’, much of the focus in on ‘Fantasia’ (1940). When I saw it for the first time in the early 1960s, I wasn’t entirely sure, outside […]

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Filmmaking For Change 2nd Edition by Jon Fitzgerald (book review).

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Filmmaking For Change 2nd Edition by Jon Fitzgerald (book review).

‘Filmmaking For Change’ has nothing to do with creating films on the cheap ie small change. Well, maybe, when you read some films have been created for as little as $30,000 although costing more in distribution and advertising to ensure its out there and needs to be added to this budget. I should point out […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s by Didier Ghez (book review).

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s by Didier Ghez (book review).

Didier Ghez in his introduction to ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s’ that his books aren’t going to focus on the well-known Disney animators but on the concept designers. The people who designed what the animators brought to life. That should make you stop and think if […]

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Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide To Hitchcock’s Techniques by Jeffrey Michael Bays (book review).

October 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide To Hitchcock’s Techniques by Jeffrey Michael Bays (book review).

Director Alfred Hitchcock was well titled as the ‘Master of Suspense’. He instinctively knew which hooks to use to grab you to care for the characters and then swing it around and put them in serious danger so you cared for their fates. Although Jeffrey Michael Bays’ book ‘Suspense With A Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide […]

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Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide by Paul Dudbridge (book review)

July 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide by Paul Dudbridge (book review)

When I saw this book, ‘Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide’ by Paul Dudbridge, I did wonder at the proximity of having another film production book from Michael Wiese Productions so soon after the last on the subject. Then again, like artbooks, you can never have too many which Dudbridge also asserts at the […]

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Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review).

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review).

I was rather amused by the introduction saying there wasn’t many books out there about comicbook characters being adapted into movies when I have two more in my current pile on the subject from the same publisher. The title, ‘Superheroes On World Screens’ is a bit of a misnomer because what this book is mostly […]

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Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz (book review).

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz (book review).

As the title, ‘Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers’, suggests, Deborah S. Patz’ book is aimed at teen-agers who have a yen to become film-makers. Patz describes how she started that way herself so her lessons aren’t out of other books but her own experience. The book is divided into three sections: […]

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