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In 2015, many people’s attention has turned to a particular demographic that mainstream movies may not have taken into account so much. It just happens that this particular group makes up for half the world population. Starting with Patricia Arquette’s viral Academy Award speech, to comments made by the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Meryl […]

The aim of Cinemetrics, a project created by graphic designer and coder Frederic Brodbeck, is to measure and visualise film data. Characteristics such as colour, dialogue, lighting and editing structure are analysed and transformed into graphical representations or as he calls it a digital ‘fingerprints’. Brodbeck created this as part of his final thesis at […]

“I agree that a film should have a beginning, a middle and an end but not necessarily in that order” once said Jean-Luc Godard. He made a habit of questioning the established rules of filmmaking in his work, as did most masters from the French New Wave. The 60’s were a period of disruption in […]

It’s a simple question really. What value do you place on your skills as a screenwriter? This question arose for me recently when I was asked about helping an aspiring writer with a script. The submitted draft was extremely poor. Scene headers were missing, the writing was almost exclusively ‘tell’ and the story lacked coherence. […]