Smash Cut #5 – The Disney Monopoly

The Disney Monopoly If you know your Hollywood studio history, you are aware of the incredible influence that Disney has had with regard to how we experience movies – and honestly, it shouldn’t come as any surprise even if you know nothing about the history. They revolutionized the merchandising model, have continued influence on copyright…

Smash Cut #4 – CGI: Curse or Gift?

CGI: Curse or Gift? In the world of filmmaking there is a saying that typically is reserved for times when the production crew is feeling dismissive about something they’re shooting – either because they can’t figure it out or don’t think it will matter in the final cut. “Fix it in post.” Usually said jokingly…

Smash Cut #3 – Top 5 Tips for Student Filmmakers

Top 5 Tips for Student Filmmakers While the effectiveness of traditional film schools could be debated, most of us who work in film have undergone some form of training to get there. Others who are looking to enter the filmmaking world are either knee-deep in academia right now or are sweating over the prospect. This…

Smash Cut #2

COMEDY: Dialogue vs. Delivery There’s this notorious quote from Mark Twain that goes, “Explaining humour is a lot like dissecting a frog – you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.” I’ve had my fair share of arguments with comedians and writers about what makes something funny or whether…

Smash Cut #1

X2: How the Second X-Men Movie Influences My Camera Movements X2: X-MEN UNITED is one of my favorite action movies. In fact, of its few flaws I would say that its biggest misstep is setting up such high expectations for the third installment – an abomination that I choose not to discuss here. Now, while…