direct cinema

I mean, how can Star Wars even compete?

The direct cinema documetarists took their cameras to a situation of tension and waited hopefully for a crisis; the Rouch version of cinema verite tried to precipitate one. The direct cinema artist aspired to to invisibility; the Rouch cinema verite artist was often an avowed participant. The direct cinema artist played the role of uninvolved bystander; the cinema verite artist expoused that of provocateur. Direct cinema fount its truth i events available to the camera. Cinema verite was commited to a paradox: that artificial circumstances could bring hidden truth to the surface.
—  Eric Barnouw, Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film
horror films directed by women

jennifer’s body (2009) dir. karyn kusama - a newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates

a girl walks home alone at night (2014) dir. ana lily amirpour - in the iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.            

american psycho (2000) dir. mary harron -  a wealthy banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies     

american mary (2012) dir. jen soska - the allure of easy money sends mary mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called “freakish” clients 

the rage: carrie 2 (1999) dir. katt shea - a horrible massacre strikes up after an outcast teenage girl is taunted by a group of high school jocks, all of them unaware of her cutthroat telekinetic powers        

amer (2009) dir. hélène cattet - three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana’s life. her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive

pet sematary (1989)dir. mary lambert - behind a young family’s home in maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. when tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable

the babadook (2014) dir. jennifer kent - a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her

the slumber party massacre (1982) dir. amy holden jones - written by feminist writer rita mae jones, a high school student’s slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped man with a drill decides to crash the party


Children of Men: Don’t Ignore the Background - Nerdwriter

A very interesting look at Alfonso Cuarón’s use of camera movement to linger on the background of a scene and his technique of taking references from iconic art pieces and grounding them in the film’s reality. Pay attention to how all of the techniques mentioned serve the story and bring authenticity to the world he creates.

A director is like any other artist: a painter, a poet, a musician. And since it is required from him to contribute his own self, it is strange to see directors that take their work as a special position, given to them by destiny, and simply exploit their profession. That is, they live in one way, but make movies about something else. And I’d like to tell directors, especially young ones, that they should be morally responsible for what they do while making their films. Do you understand? It is the most important of all. Secondly, they should be prepared for the thought that cinema is a very difficult and serious art. It requires sacrificing of yourself. You should belong to it, it shouldn’t belong to you. Cinema uses your life, not vice versa. Therefore, I think that this is the most important: You should sacrifice yourself to the art.

- Andrei Tarkovsky


MOONLIGHT director/screenwriter Barry Jenkins, composer Nicholas Britell, and stars Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Mahershala Ali discuss the film following a special live orchestra score screening at the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.



5 Brilliant Moments In Film - Cinefix

Don’t just watch great films, study them! This video illustrates how to understand scenes by thinking of every shot as a closeup, even the two shots and wides. Warning: spoilers and some gore at #5.


A Day in the Life of a Production Assistant - RJFS

Everybody in the film industry starts out as a PA. It’s the perfect position for learning the flow of set and getting a taste of how each department operates. This is a great resource on the responsibilities of a PA. Do these things well and you will easily stand out and quickly get calls for the better paying and more coveted positions.