Darth Vader's massive impact with just 34 minutes on screen

Darth Vader only appeared on screen for 34 minutes yet is the most visually iconic character of the original trilogy. Nerdwriter's Evan Puschak explains why.

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Watch a demo of the latest VR production tools

Virtual reality is now available at prosumer-level price points, and the race is on in the same way 2D filming reached the masses twenty years ago. Matt at Cinematography Database takes a quick spin through Oculus Medium. Read the rest

Lovely survey of 2017's best cinematography

No Film school curated a best-of list showcasing some of the most striking and innovative cinematography from 2017. Read the rest

"To the Right": hypnotizing supercut of lateral movement in movies

"To The Right" by Candice Drouet. With scenes from:

The Shining / The Darjeeling Limited / Holy Motors / Inherent Vice / Jackie Brown / Juno / Drive Ex Machina / Delicatessen / American Psycho / 2046 / Rebel Without A Cause / Little Miss Sunshine 1984 / The Neon Demon / The Big Lebowski / Collateral / Donnie Darko / Bronson / Catch Me If You Can Marie-Antoinette / It Follows / Lost River / Trainspotting / Still Alice / Cape Fever / Amelie Poulain The Grand Budapest Hotel / Blue Is The Warmest Color / Nightcall / Only God Forgives On the road / Boogie Nights / One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest / Saint-Laurent Reservoir Dogs / Wild Tales / O’ Brother, Where art Thou ? / Fight Club / Black Mass Twelve Years A Slave / Memento / Hail, Caesar ! / Upstream Color / La La Land

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Montage of every Best Cinematography Oscar-winning film

Race through some of the most iconic shots in film history with this lovely tribute to the art of cinematography. Read the rest

Bright lights, big drones: new frontiers in night-lit aerial filming

The state of the art for drone-based lighting options continues to improve rapidly. Check out some of the great footage rctestflight got with a drone-mounted 1000-watt LED light bar. Read the rest

GimbalNinja: parkour meets cinematography

Alex Schauer has impressive parkour skills, but just as impressive is cinematographer GimbalNinja, who manages to hold the shot while doing plenty of gymnastics himself: Read the rest

Fury Road is still comprehensible at 12x speed

Vashi Nedomansky took five movies that had shorter-than-average scene lengths and sped them up 1200%; alone among them, Mad Max: Fury Road was still comprehensible. The rest just dissolve into jump-cuts. Read the rest

Revealed: The clever filmmaking trick behind the epic continuous shot of “Birdman”

Ever wonder how “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki got that one incredibly long continuous shot? Well, technically, they didn't. Read the rest

See the shot similarities between all of the Indiana Jones films

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Video: Spectacular aerial views of Los Angeles via drone

Ian Wood created this aerial exploration of Los Angeles, capturing the feel of a day in the city. Perfectly accompanied by Boo Boo Davis. Read the rest

Fan films and the future of fantasy

Small productions are becoming better—and more professional—than ever. But the falling price of good equipment is only part of the magic.