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I directed a short for some actor friends who were looking to make a film/have some footage for their reels.  There was no budget, and as I (only briefly) pondered if I should take on the project, it occurred to me it would be a great opportunity to explore some adventurous actor/camera blocking, to push myself to

Today's post has as much to do with David Fincher as it does with one of my all time favorite directors, William "Willy" Wyler, who's known for, among other things, the beautifully natural performances in his films.  What do these two directors have in common?  A propensity for an unusually high number of takes. Fincher is notoriously known, like

Today's shot marks the first inclusion of an animated film.  This one from the earlier days of Walt Disney. I tell you, these early films of his are brilliant. (By way of comparison, i feel this era of the 30s/40s was to Disney what the 70's & early 80's were to Spielberg.)  You could never make them

I think you should watch the scene first! (Though if you haven't seen The Godfather yet, move along, there's nothing to see here.) In this famous scene, to protect his family, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who is a squeaky-clean war hero turned civilian, is to murder his dinner-mates and enemies - Sollozzo and the bastard Captain McCluskey -