How Star Wars and the internet changed movie trailers

The Phantom Menace trailer was a sign of things to come. Since then, the release of a franchise blockbuster has only become more of an online event. Studios, under increasing pressure to post big opening weekend sales and in possession of ads people actually want to watch, have set about flooding platforms like YouTube and […]

Students get new video games course

“We are looking for a new type of artist, who understands science and physics – or at the very least has an understanding of what can be done with hardware and software. It’s very difficult to find staff with the right skills,” Mr Franklin says. His own background is in fine arts and video game […]

Can I get a rewind! The lost art of the VHS cover

Any child of the 1980s or 90s could tell you the pivotal role the video shop played in their lives. Once a fixture of Britain’s high streets, they’ve since gone the way of Woolworths, Our Price and Wimpy, becoming virtually extinct with the advent of Netflix, Amazon and iTunes. But the new book VHS Video […]

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies | Jordan Kisner

It is a central principle of sound editing that people hear what they are conditioned to hear, not what they are actually hearing. The sound of rain in movies? Frying bacon. Car engines revving in a chase scene? It’s partly engines, but what gives it that visceral, gut-level grist is lion roars mixed in. To […]

Someone has edited movies down to just the lines spoken by people of color

Every Single World is a project every bit as imperfect as the Bechdel Test — the fact that Frances Ha has almost no dialogue spoken by people of color isn’t so much an accident fueled by prejudice as it is purposeful discrimination that serves the point of the script. The film is about two entitled […]