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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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Get Oculus Rift VR feature 'Banshee Chapter' free today

Oculus Rift fans can download 'Banshee Chapter' free today from Jamwix. Released in 2013, the 3D horror film based on H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond has been repurposed as a virtual reality feature.

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New 2001: A Space Odyssey trailer

2001: A Space Odyssey got a new trailer to celebrate BFI's theatrical UK re-release for Kubrick's genre-defining film. Even though every shot is already burned into our collective conscience, the trailer is surprising.

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WATCH: Cruising Electric (1980), year's best action figure parody

Cruising Electric (1980) is both 2014's best gay-themed comedy, and a pitch-perfect homage to 1980s movie toy merchandising. I was honored to have this hilarious short by Brumby Boylston play before my new film in New York last summer.

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VIDEO: Hallucinatory NARCOSE captures free diving's beauty and danger (NSFW)

Thalassophobes and NSFW-phobes will want to skip this beautiful short about deepwater free diver Guillaume Néry and the kinds of hypoxia-induced hallucinations he experiences when free diving to depths beyond 100 meters. Thalassophiles who love beautiful underwater cinematography and trippy dream sequences will find the underwater footage hypnotic.

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: New episode and book

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns for a third episode in celebration of a new book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

We covered creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate when they won the AFI prize for the first episode back in 2010. Here's the 2011 sequel for you completionists.

Digitizing Warhol's unseen vérité films

Andy Warhol recorded nearly 1,000 rolls of mostly little-known 16mm film documenting the 1960s avant-garde art world. The Andy Warhol Museum and MoMA are now digitizing this vast archive.

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Space alien movie music

Forbidden planetOn BBC Radio 3's "Sound of Cinema," host Matthew Sweet shares terrific film music from movies about extraterrestrials. (via @chris_carter_)

Carpenter, Cronenberg, and Landis on horror (1982)

Horror maestros John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and John Landis discuss "Fear On Film" in 1982. (via Laughing Squid)