Visions of Light

Visions of Light (1992) This is a DVD copy of a documentary film about the history and development cinematography techniques as practiced by the cinematographers (or as they are some known the CPs). This is a very interesting documentary that tells the story from the earliest moments in the history of cinema up to the … More Visions of Light

‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture’ by Ivan Watson

‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture, twelve golden rules for better camerawork.’ I picked this book up in a charity shop, published in 1979 by The Macmillan Press Ltd, ISBN: 0-333-25630-1, Author: Ivan Watson.  This is a great little book that simply sets out twelve golden rules that professional film-makers follow to produce professional looking … More ‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture’ by Ivan Watson

Pruning a Lilly

One of my guilty passions is the original movie ALIEN guilty passion, because being both horror a science-fiction it falls in to the nerdy genre.  However, as a movie I believe it to be a piece of art and I hope that the Director Ridley Scott is never tempted to do a George Lucas and … More Pruning a Lilly

Yield To The Night

Yield To The Night, is film well worth watching as a filmmaker, made in the late 1950’s as a protest against capital punishment and inspired by the hanging of Ruth Ellis. The acting, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, direction, editing and use of sound are all worth looking at very closely,  and is valuable to anyone who … More Yield To The Night

Samsara

As recommended by my college I found Samsara on YouTube which is a very good film and certainly a classic.  This is a good example of kaleidoscope shots used to create and tell a narrative.  Filmed in Nepal the film-makers have used all sorts of different types of shots in their scenes from wide to … More Samsara

Screenwriting

As my course progresses I am now required to start writing screenplays as part of my assignment work and I thought it would be a good idea to find a book that covers this subject to help me.  I have just read a good student text book called Screenwriting from the Basics Film-Making series, published … More Screenwriting

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile. Following up on my Tutor’s recommendation to watch movies that are very familiar to me to analyze their editing sound and image, the first motion-picture I chose to watch is my wife’s favorite, ‘Death on the Nile’, I have seen many times.  Made in 1978, starring Peter Ustinov and Director of … More Death on the Nile