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Pixar's chief creative officer Jon Lasseter on the evolution of storytelling

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"At that time when we rendered things, everything kind of looked plastic-y," Lasseter says. "Everything looks like plastic, so what if the characters were made of plastic? What if they were... toys?'"

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Trailer for Fred Armisen and Bill Hader's new show!

In "Documentary Now!" Fred Armisen and Bill Hader take the piss out of serious documentary films.

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Watch footage of Amelia Earhart from 1937

This newly-discovered film footage of Amelia Earhart from 1937 was released in conjunction with an e-book titled "Amelia Earhart's Last Photo Shoot."

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WATCH: Paris in 3 Minutes, deft blend of hyperlapse and real-time

Many hyperlapse videos focus on landmarks and touristy stuff, but Maxime Gaudet's Paris in 3 Minutes blends day-to-day real-time footage with gorgeous timelapse throughout the city.

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'Interstellar' timeline in one convenient graph

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Turkish designer Dogan Can Gundogdu created a lovely spoiler-filled timeline for Interstellar.

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WATCH: High-speed camera reveals path of each starling in a massive flock

Dennis Hlynsky filmed an enormous flock of starlings at 600 frames per second, revealing the path and "personal space" of individual birds. The result turns complex mathematical order into a beautiful abstract effect.

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Yes, an Iranian vampire western film noir

It's in Farsi, it's beautifully-shot film noir, it has a female lead, and you have to see it.

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Meet Daniel Reeve, calligrapher for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

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Artist Daniel Reeve created and re-created calligraphy and maps for Peter Jackson's films of the Tolkein adventures in Middle-earth. His gallery of images includes maps and illustrations as well as calligraphy and lettering. Some examples below:

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Daniel Reeve website (h/t TMarizzle)

Watch 23 of the best dolly zooms in cinematic history

Vashi Nedomansky compiled this terrific collection of famous dolly zoom shots. Cinematographer Irmin Roberts used it to great effect in Hitchcock's Vertigo, and it quickly entered the language of cinema to convey a moment of revelation, usually an unpleasant one.

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PSAs for movie theatre jerks from a century ago

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These lantern slides on silent movie theatre etiquette from the 1910s show that inconsiderate audience members have existed since the dawn of cinema. They're collected in Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.

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Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees

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The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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"Sticky," gorgeous animated short about saving

Animator Jilli Rose created this lovely animated short about a group of stick insects stranded for 80 years near Lord Howe Island, on a sea stack with only one shrub for protection. It also tells the story of the scientists who discovered them and raced to save them from extinction.

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WATCH: Intense High Atlas Kayaking in Morocco

After unusually heavy rains, Hugo Clouzeau directed this great short with the DK Boys kayaking rarely-navigated mountain rivers in Morocco.

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WATCH: 'United 93' shaky cam clip, stabilized

YouTuber rhotoscopic stabilized United 93 footage from the 2006 film, illustrating why shaky-cam is an often-used creative choice.

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WATCH: Film colorist's craft in before and after

No Film School cites this excellent example of a film colorist's craft. Digital films often shoot in RAW format, giving more flexibility in post for dramatic color shifts.

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WATCH: How we used Slo-mo in 2014

If you're taking things a little more slowly than usual this weekend after a big New Year's Eve, maybe you'll appreciate this montage of great slow-motion shots from films, put together by The Nerdwriter to a soothing and quiet track.

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