In this week's Academy Originals was talked to several filmmakers to find out what they learned in their first film gig.From actors to directors to writers the message was similar: the hours were long and the work was thankless... but memorable."I think I worked for $65 a day: 18-hour days, six days a week," writer / director Brett Morgen ("Crossfire Hurricane", "The Kid Stays in the Picture") said. "I learned very quickly it was going to be a long route from P.A. to the director's chair."Check out some more from our Questions series, like this one where we asked moviemakers "Who Has Most...
Posted Friday, September 11, 2015 - 17:45
Posted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:45
In this week's Academy Originals we asked several filmmakers what's the biggest lesson they've learned so far in their career."I've worked on over 140 films," sound mixer Steve Pederson said, "and you think by that point you've done it all, so there's some formula... and there isn't."For more answers from moviemakers in our Questions series, be sure to check out "What Was The First Movie That Made You Cry?" and "What's Inspiring You Right Now?"
Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 18:15
In this week's Academy Originals, actor/comedian Harland Williams talks about collaborating with the Farrelly Brothers and how he came up with his iconic lines in "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber.""I think they like to do a lot of pranks. They like to keep their actors, their crew, on their toes," said Williams of the siblings' directorial style. "They kind of like to set the tone. It's like, 'okay, these guys are crazy, this movie's crazy. I guess anything goes.'"For another glimpse of a funnyman examining film, check out Patton Oswalt choosing a movie in...
Posted Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:30
In this week's Academy Originals, costume designer Janty Yates takes us through her process on making Russell Crowe's "Gladiator" costumes. Yates explained that for every set of armor she created for Crowe she needed to make many more for various reasons."We had to have four for the actor, four for the stuntman. You have to have some for the riding stuntman and the fighting stuntman.," she said. "You [also] have to have clean, bloody, and muddy [costume]." To hear more stories of behind the scenes of costume design, check out this short film about The Story of Keanu...
Posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - 11:30
In this week's Academy Originals, costume designer Kym Barrett takes us through her process of creating Keanu Reeves' sleek Neo suit for "The Matrix Reloaded." It turns out making the costume was just as futuristic as the trilogy. "Often we're using 3-D printing, we're using all kinds of new textile technologies," Barrett explained, adding, "we're inventing machines to do things."For more details about costume design, check out this short film about The Story of the "Ocean's Eleven" Costumes and this one about The Story of the "Dallas Buyers Club" Costumes.
Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 - 12:45
In this week's Academy Originals we meet with costume designer Judianna Makovsky, who takes us through her process of creating Chris Evans' stealth costume for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".Makovsky said one of the challenges to creating the suit was trying to make something that looked like kevlar but wouldn't restrict Evans' range of motion."So we had to create a fabric that was actually stretch but had a printed texture so that it looked like it was a hard fabric," she explained. "It's actually made of about four or five different fabrics." For more stories behind...
Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 18:00
In this week's Academy Originals we asked several filmmakers what is their favorite line from movie history.Tom Arnold, Bryce Dallas Howard, Molly Shannon, Frank Marshall and others answered with lines from "Jaws," "The Godfather," "Star Wars" and many more.Check out some other videos in our Questions series, like when we asked other movie makers what's inspiring them and which was the first movie that made them cry.
Posted Monday, July 20, 2015 - 18:00
In this week's Academy Originals we visit three filmmaking members of the Marshall family: Penny, Garry and his son Scott. The trio explained elements of their directing skills, helping actors with their lines, and the benefits of hiring family members on films."I got a part once from being a back up. You had to shoot a scene and I was just there on the set," Scott reminded his dad, saying how excited he was that he was finally going to be an actor. "And the only reason you wanted me was so I could hold the umbrella over Bette Midler's head so her hair wouldn't get wet." "I didn't try...
Posted Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:30
In this week's Academy Originals we sat down with writer/director Ernest Dickerson who recounts the story about hiring a young (and relatively unknown) Tupac Shakur in the gritty film "Juice"."Tupac at that time was still a background singer and roadie for Digital Underground," Dickerson recalled. "And while we were shooting he was always writing," Dickerson added, suspecting that what he was writing were some of the powerful tunes that people have been listening to for decades now.For another interesting story about how actors were chosen, check out casting director Marci Liroff ("...
Posted Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:15
In this week's Academy Originals we learn from costume designer Jeffrey Kurland what was his process of creating the costumes for the George Clooney / Brad Pitt remake of the Rat Pack heist film."Everything in the film was designed for each character and made for each character. Every suit, every shirt, almost every tie. The palette was their own but it also had to meld together so that it made sense. So that it looked like a group that was meant to be together," Kurland explained.Interested in more behind-the-scenes videos about Costume Design? Don't miss The Story of the "Dallas Buyers Club...
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