Documents. Newspapers. Ancient tomes of forbidden knowledge. Golden tickets. Movies and television shows are full of such seemingly banal objects. But each and every one that you see on film has either been stored, cataloged and trotted out for a particular scene by a prop master, or made it's been made specifically for a project. This short film provides some insight into a man who's dedicated his life to the latter.
In this fascinating video from Vanity Fair, master gaffer Andy Day takes us behind the scenes — literally — to show how sets are lit for the screen. READ THE REST
From Game of Thrones to Conan, from Lord of the Rings to, well, everything, the filmic representation of casting swords is "completely wrong, so wrong it's frankly difficult to know where to start. How can you cast a 3D item in an open-top mould? Are you going to glue two halves together?" READ THE REST
That's Boris Karloff riding off on a mechanical horse. This footage was shown at the end of Mario Bava's 1963 film Black Sabbath, but only in the Italian version. In the English version, they cut the scene out, according to coolasscinema.com: But in the original Italian version, we close out with this ending monologue from… READ THE REST
Headphone quality often comes down to that old axiom of consumerism — you get what you pay for. When you try to cheap out and get a $20 pair of over-ear headphones while premium brands sell for $150 to $200…well, there's a better than decent chance that your cut-rate tech won't have great sound, won't… READ THE REST
From Europe to the islands of the Caribbean, it's gone by many names over the years. Some say when English Crusaders brought it back to their home country from Jerusalem in the 12th century, it was called Ring the Bull. When the game was introduced to Jamaica, possibly by author Ernest Hemingway in the 1940's,… READ THE REST
Finding the perfect balance is essential in practically everything. For beer connoisseurs, that pursuit is no less critical. For true fans, one beer is almost certainly not enough. A full keg is almost definitely overkill. Thankfully, the existential question about the pinpoint perfect middle ground in that age-old debate has now been answered. The Tapology… READ THE REST