Steven Spielberg and Brian Grazer talk to Ron Howard and Jon Favreau about squatting their way to success. (via @missuku)
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.” ~Stanley Kubrick
The dark and cold weigh down everything, and in the middle, in their warm cocoon, are Chief Marge and her hubby, Norm, the painter of ducks. Without them, Fargo might have been In Cold Blood laced with unseemly humor. The Coens sometimes seem to scorn their characters, but their love for Marge redeems Fargo. Marge is the catalyst, and her speech at the end is Shakespearean in the way it heals wounds and restores order: “There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here you are. And it’s a beautiful day.”
- Roger Ebert on Fargo
“Oh for Pete’s sake, he’s fleeing the interview! He’s fleeing the interview!”
Stories are simple. Don’t make them difficult. Kurt Vonnegut graphs the shapes of stories to help us along the way.
Three-time Oscar winner and current nominee Thelma Schoonmaker, who has edited every Martin Scorsese film since Raging Bull, dissects a sequence in Hugo that prompts her to recall the process of cutting Joe Pesci’s “Funny, how?” scene in 1990’s Goodfellas. Continued —>
Nine-tenths of our movements obey habit and automatism. It is anti-nature to subordinate them to will and to thought.
~ Robert Bresson Notes sur le Cinématographe
Authentic performances come from habit. This is the power of method acting. You live as the character to such an extent that you take on their habits. Their unconscious posture. When they squint. When they crack their knuckles. It’s not about minutia. It’s about habit. Once you start thinking about your performance, you are no longer working in habit.
A director must realize this and help facilitate it.
[Image: Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver]
Eric Hynes (via this Slate article)
Great read on the attention documentaries don’t receive, and why.
Charlie Chaplin was an icon of the silent film era.
Canon EOS C300 = Awesome
Not sure I love the camera, but I love the video. This is the first video that makes me want to look at the camera. Too bad Canon doesn’t have a sense of humor.