All posts by Max Weinstein

  • Punch For Punchline: Watch How Jackie Chan’s Unique Brand of Action Comedy Hits Harder Than Others’ (Video)

    Jackie Chan understands what a well-thrown punch and a well-delivered punchline have in common: When each of them land, they strike a visceral blow to the gut....

  • Anatomy of a Whacking: Learn To Milk Unbearable Tension With This Godfather Script-to-Screen Breakdown (Video)

    Not unlike many of the auteurs of the New Hollywood of the 1970s and beyond, Francis Ford Coppola’s moviemaking mantra often came down to “What...

  • click here Frame of Mind: Watch How DP Toby Oliver Shot the "Sunken Place" Scene and Made Day Look Like Night in Get Out (Video)

    What makes a scene work? Does it lie in the carefully executed plans of a film’s cast and crew? Or does the magic rest upon fortuitous mistakes, spontaneity and...

  • follow link Frame of Mind: To Replace a Lost Prop, Atomica Director Dagen Merrill Built a New One With Street Trash (Video)

    What makes a scene work? Does it lie in the carefully executed plans of a film’s cast and crew? Or does the magic rest upon fortuitous mistakes, spontaneity and...

  • Nice Day For a Red Herring: Watch How Kevin Williamson’s Scream Screenplay Throws Audiences Off Its Trail (Video)

    As it turns out, a mask isn’t the only thing that can conceal the killer’s identity in a horror film. In screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s game-changing Scream,...

  • Fight of a Lifetime: Making The Bronx Bull Taught Its Director the Keys to a Knockout Biopic

    “It’s better to be feared than to be loved,” goes the old adage—paraphrased from Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince by a world-weary mob boss in A Bronx Tale,...

  • here Shell Shots: You Don’t Need To Be An Animator To Steal These Visual Techniques From Ghost In The Shell (Video)

    Do you love animated cinema but don’t know how the hell its techniques will help you make your movie? As it turns out, animated features...

  • Miller Time: Get Schooled In Shooting Action With This Masterclass On George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (Video)

    For George Miller, the sound of slews of asses being kicked is, quite literally, music to the ears. In Miller’s manic magnum opus of kinetic action, Mad Max: Fury...

  • Frame of Mind: Watch How Kris Avedisian Made His Awkward Lead Relatable in This Donald Cried Scene (Video)

    What makes a scene work? Does it lie in the carefully executed plans of a film’s cast and crew? Or does the magic rest upon fortuitous mistakes, spontaneity and...

  • Frame of Mind: To Toy With Audiences, Focus On What They Don’t See, Says Lavender Director Ed Gass-Donnelly (Video)

    What makes a scene work? Does it lie in the carefully executed plans of a film’s cast and crew? Or does the magic rest upon fortuitous mistakes, spontaneity and...